BBL Pipeline

BBL Pipeline

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


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

Technical description

The overall length of pipeline is of which around is offshore. The pipeline's diameter is and working pressure is . The initial capacity is 16 billion cubic meters (bcm) per year, 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. The direction of gas flow is from the Netherlands to the UK. The overall cost of the project was around 500 million.

Operating company

The BBL was developed and operated by the BBL Company. The main shareholder of the company is N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie with 60% of the shares, and gas companies E.ON Ruhrgas Transport and Fluxys both own 20%. Russian Gazprom has an option for 9%, in exchange for a 9% share of Nord Stream AG.. The BBL Pipeline would allow Gazprom to supply additional gas to the British market through the Nord Stream pipeline.

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