Operator: The first Nord Stream 2 tube is filled with gas

Released on 18.10. 2021

  • Pig station, pipe systems and shut-off devices in the gas landing station of Nord Stream 2. Photo: Jens Büttner

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Through the Baltic Sea pipeline, annually 55 Billions of cubic meters of gas are delivered to Germany. The first tube has now been filled. When the gas transport begins is still open.

Lubmin (dpa) – According to the operator, the first strand of the controversial Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea pipeline is ready for operation. Nord Stream 2 AG announced that filling with gas was complete.

The first tube is approximately 177 Millions of cubic meters of so-called technical gas have been filled. This creates the prerequisites “to start gas transport at a later point in time”. Nord Stream 2 AG did not initially name a date.

According to the information, the technical preparations are in progress for the second strand. Details should be given at a later date, it said. The line has been completed, but the operating license from the German authorities is pending.

Through the 1230 Kilometers long pipeline from Russia to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, which has two strands, should annually 55 billion cubic meters of gas to be delivered. According to the operating company 18 millions of households can be supplied with it.

Russia is putting pressure on Nord Stream 2 to go into operation quickly, referring to the high prices for natural gas. Russian President Vladimir Putin said in Moscow last week that deliveries via this route would ease the pressure on the heated gas market.

Critics see the risk that Russia could use the pipeline for Abuse geopolitical purposes because it makes itself more independent of Ukraine as an important transit country.

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