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Nord Stream operates 80% of capacity in 2016

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In 2016, the Nord Stream pipeline operated at 80% of its annual capacity of 55 billion cubic m3. There was 43.8 billion m3 of natural gas that were delivered to consumers in the European Union. This is yet another increase compared to the previous years: 39.1 billion m3 in 2015 (71%), 35.5 billion m3 in 2014 (65%) and 23.8 billion m3 in 2013 (43%).

In the five years since the start of operations of the pipeline system, Nord Stream has reliably and safely fulfilled all transport nominations without interruptions. Until the end of 2016, a total of 154.4 billion m3 has been transported to the European Union.

The average utilisation rate of the pipeline has constantly increased over the past years. In December 2016, the average load was as high as 87% – a very good figure for a gas pipeline.

The twin pipeline system through the Baltic Sea from Vyborg, Russia to Lubmin near Greifswald, Germany is the shortest connection between the vast gas reserves in Russia and energy markets in the European Union. In Germany, the gas is transferred to the connecting pipelines OPAL and NEL.

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