Construction of NEL Last Line, in Germany, receives approval

Feb 14, 2013 The State Office for Mining, Energy and Geology of the German region Lower Saxony has issued a permit for the construction of the last line of the NEL gas pipeline, the western branch of the Nord Stream onshore gas pipeline. The route, with a length of 35 kilometers, will start from the town of Tespe and run to the Harmstorf compressor station (in the district of Harburg). Construction of the NEL pipeline began in the spring of 2011, and it was planned to be completed by November 1, 2012, the start date of supplies via the second line of Nord Stream. However, in late June 2011 residents of several localities who were anxious the pipeline would run too close to their communities won a court order to temporarily stop construction. In their view, the pipeline should not be laid less than 350 meters from residential buildings. The so-called