ZUG, Switzerland – The twin Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea operated at 80% of their combined annual capacity of 55 bcm last year, delivering 43.8 bcm of natural gas to consumers in the European Union.
This was an improvement on 2015 when the lines supplied 39.1 bcm, operating at 71% capacity.
Over the five years since the pipeline system started service, Nord Stream has reliably and safely fulfilled all transport nominations without interruptions, the operator added.
By the end of 2016, the system had transported a total of 154.4 bcm.
Average utilization rate of the pipeline has also increased steadily over the past years, with an average load last month of 87%, which the operator claimed is a very good figure for a gas pipeline.
The twin system from Vyborg, Russia to Lubmin near Greifswald, Germany is the shortest connection between Russia’s gas reserves in Russia and energy markets in the European Union.
In Germany, the gas is transferred to the connecting overland pipelines OPAL and NEL.