The Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea pipeline is being filled with gas

Released on 04.10. 2021

  • The Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea pipeline has been filled with gas for the first time. Photo: Jens Büttner

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For the first time, gas has been filled into the controversial Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea pipeline. The actual gas transport is still pending.

Lubmin (dpa) – The first gas has been filled into the controversial Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea pipeline. Nord Stream 2 AG announced that the filling of the first line began on Monday. The first filling is necessary before the gas transport can begin.

Nord Stream 2 AG did not provide any information at the planned time of the actual commissioning. Experts anticipate that gas could be delivered through the new pipeline in October. This year Gazprom plans to pump 5.6 billion cubic meters of gas through Nord Stream 2.

According to the Federal Network Agency, a certification process for Nord Stream 2 is still ongoing to recognize Nord Stream 2 AG as an independent transport network operator in accordance with an EU directive. Should Nord Stream 2 start transporting gas before this process is completed, the Bonn authority could initiate administrative offense proceedings and impose fines. The authority has until the beginning of January to make a decision.

By the 1230 Kilometers long pipeline, which has two strands, should annually 55 billion cubic meters Gas can be delivered. According to the operating company 26 millions of households can be supplied with it. Gazprom had announced more than three weeks ago that the pipeline was completed.

Above all, the resistance of the USA, which threatened and also imposed sanctions, delayed the construction, the 2018 and 2019 should have ended. The US government criticizes that the pipeline makes Europe too dependent on Russia for its energy supply.

Already since 2011 the largely parallel pipeline Nord Stream 1 is partially and since 2012 completely in operation. 2020 according to the operator 59, 2 billion cubic meters of natural gas transported.

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