As part of the ongoing ramp-up phase and as preparation for the operation of Nord Stream as a twin-pipeline gas transportation system, Nord Stream AG is conducting load tests for Line 1.
Over the past three days Line 1 has been operating at full capacity of app. 75 million cubic meters per day which corresponds to approximately 27.5 billion cubic meters per year.
The tests will continue for another three weeks. During the tests, the gas transportation parameters will fluctuate in different modes. The industry-standard load tests serve to confirm the safety and reliability of the pipeline. The first of Nord Stream’s twin pipelines continues to transport to its downstream European partners all the gas nominated and supplied by Gazprom Export.
Source: Nord Stream AG, May 24, 2012