BBL Company begins work on 230-kilometre undersea pipeline

Press release

BBL Company is currently finalizing the construction of a gas transmission pipeline between the UK and the Netherlands which will connect Balgzand and Bacton, the Balgzand Bacton pipeline (BBL). The gas will be flowing from the Netherlands to the UK. On 1 December 2006, BBL Company will start its commercial operation. From 1 January 2007 to 28th February BBL Company will have approximately 5.7 million kWh/h transmission capacity available in the BBL. In an open season, BBL Company now offers this capacity to the market.

Open Season Procedure
BBL Company sells the available capacity on a monthly basis. More information, including contractual information and tariffs, will be published on the website of BBL Company. Until 18 December 2006 interested parties can send a binding request for transmission capacity in the BBL to BBL Company, by returning a fully completed and singed transmission contract for January and February 20007.
On 18 December 2006 the capacity requests will be allocated to shippers. From 18 December 2006 new requests will be treated on a first come first serve basis.
The General Terms and Conditions have been published on the website of BBL Company (

BBL Company
BBL Company is a joint venture between E.ON-Ruhrgas (D), Fluxys (B) and the N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie (NL) and constructs a 235 km long 36" high pressure gas pipeline from the Netherlands (Balgzand) to the UK (Bacton). The BBL will allow additional import of gas from Europe to the UK, to increase security of energy supply as the country relies more heavily on imported gas from 2005.

For more information about the open season, call BBL Company: Hans Boersma (+31 50 521 3541) or Margreet Zant (+31 50 521 1037).

For more information about the BBL project, contact Hansch van der Velden (N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie), tel: +31 50 521 2160 or