Construction of Nord Stream 2 is Completed
"At a morning operational meeting at PJSC Gazprom, Chairman of the Board Alexei Miller said that this morning at 8.45 Moscow time the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has been fully completed," the company said in a statement.
As RIA Novosti reminds, the gas pipeline was laid from Russia to Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea. The capacity of its two lines is 55 billion cubic meters per year.
The project was actively opposed by Ukraine, which fears to lose income from transit, as well as the United States, which is interested in promoting its LNG to Europe.
The regulator and the court in Germany decided not to remove the project from the EU Gas Directive. Its regulations state that the pipeline must either be partially filled by an alternative supplier, or its section in the EU must be owned by a third party. This dispute remains unresolved.
On September 9, the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, said that the Kremlin hoped there would be no hindrances to the commissioning of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
"We hope that nothing and no one will be able to prevent the commissioning of this large infrastructure facility," RIA Novosti quoted him as saying.
In the opinion of the Kremlin spokesman, given the current world gas prices, hardly anyone will take seriously the statements about the "danger" of the energy project.
Peskov added that they tried to interfere with the pipeline in different ways, "but it did not work."
The spokesman for the Russian president added that gas is the cleanest fuel, and the way it is supplied through pipes makes it attractive "in terms of volume, rhythm, and price."
“This is how it will be in the foreseeable future. Therefore, gas is needed,” concluded Dmitry Peskov.