BBL Pipeline


BBL Pipeline

The BBL Pipeline (Balgzand Bacton Line) is the first natural gas pipeline between the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

History

Laying the pipeline between the Noord-Holland compressor station at Grasweg in Anna Paulowna (province of Noord-Holland) and Bacton terminal started on 14 July 2006. The pipeline became operational on 1 December 2006.

Technical description

The overall length of pipeline is convert|235|km|mi of which offshore pipeline is around convert|230|km|mi. Pipeline diameter is convert|36|in|mm|-1 and working pressure is 135 atm. The initial capacity of pipeline is 16 billion cubic meters (bcm), which will be increased to 19.2 bcm by the end of 2010 by installing a fourth compressor at the compressor station at Anna Paulowna.cite news
publisher= Upstream Online
title = BBL pumps up the volume
url= http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article161306.ece
date = 2008-08-19
accessdate=2008-08-19
] The direction of gas flow is from the Netherlands to the UK. The overall cost of the project were around €500 million.

Operating company

The BBL is developed and operated by the BBL Company. The main shareholder of BBL Company is N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie with 60% of shares. Gas companies E.ON Ruhrgas Transport and Fluxys own both 20% of shares. Russian Gazprom has an option for 9% of BBL Company shares in exchange for 9% shares of the Nord Stream AG.cite news
publisher= Gazprom
title = Gazprom and Gasunie sign agreement on cooperation within Nord Stream and BBL projects
url= http://www.gazprom.com/eng/news/2007/11/25932.shtml
date = 2007-11-06
accessdate=2007-11-06
] BBL Pipeline will allow Gazprom to supply additional gas to the British market through the Nord Stream pipeline.

ee also

*N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie
*E.ON
*Fluxys
*Gazprom
*Nord Stream

References

External links

* [http://www.bblcompany.com/ BBL Company] website


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