The $11 billion pipeline is expected to begin commercial flows this year, giving Gazprom a new direct supply link to Germany
Moscow, September 6 - Neftegaz.RU.
Today, specialists on the laybarge Fortuna welded the last pipe of the 2 strings of the Nord Stream 2
The pipe № 200 858 will be lowered onto the seabed in German waters.
As the next step, the section of the pipe coming from the German shore will be connected to the section coming from the Danish waters in a so-called above water tie-in.
Afterwards, the required pre-commissioning activities are carried out with the goal to put the pipeline
into operation before the end of this year.
In August, Gazprom said that Nord Stream 2 might supply 5.6 billion m3
of gas to Europe
Gazprom's estimate for throughput this year is roughly a 10th
of the annual nameplate amount, suggesting that if the pipeline
is pressured up in the autumn, then flows could start some time in November.
fears the pipeline will strengthen Russia’s influence and the country
will lose about $3 billion a year in gas transit
Part of the agreement is Germany
’s commitment to help Ukraine in negotiating an extension to its current transit agreement with Russia
Germany has also guaranteed it will reimburse Ukraine for gas transit fees it will lose from being bypassed by Nord Stream 2 until 2024, with a possible 10-year extension.
Nord Stream 2 could carry hydrogen
in the future and would be ready to do so within 10 years.