The 4th of October. Interfax-Russia.ru – The procedure for filling the first string of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with gas has begun, said the operator Nord Stream II Ag (owned by Gazprom).
“From October 4, the line will be gradually filled with gas to achieve the volume and pressure required for further maintenance. , as well as external visual and instrumental verification, “- said in the message.
“About the next technical steps” Nord Stream 2 “in addition,” – emphasizes the operator.
“The pipeline was built and independently certified in accordance with applicable technical and standard standards to ensure reliable and safe operation.
The United States has imposed a number of sanctions against the structures involved in the construction of Nord Stream 2. They are against both construction companies and ship insurers, service companies performing geodetic, trenching, welding and other works. Companies that test and certify a project are also subject to sanctions.
The Nord Stream 2 offshore gas pipeline with a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters. m of gas per year passes from the Slavyanskaya compressor station in the Kingiseppsky district of the Leningrad region to the Baltic coast of Germany. The laying of the first string was completed in early June, the second in September. Earlier, Gazprom spoke about its intention to start gas supplies via the new pipeline in 2021. Potentially, 5.6 billion cubic meters of gas can be supplied to Europe by the end of the year. meters of gas, assessed by a Russian company.
In early September, the Federal Grid Agency of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesnetzagentur) received certification documents for Nord Stream 2 AG as an independent gas transmission operator. Consideration of documents and making a decision will take up to four months. Then the decision must be referred to the European Commission.