The procedure for filling the first line of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has been completed. The volume of filling with technical gas amounted to about 177 million cubic metres, which will provide pressure sufficient to start gas transportation in the future.
On October 4, the Danish Energy Agency announced that the operator of the Nord Stream 2 project, Nord Stream 2 AG, had fulfilled all the conditions for putting the gas pipeline into operation, so the company announced the start of filling the first line of the Nord Stream – 2 with gas.
As reported, today, on October 18, in accordance with the plan and design requirements, the thread is filled with so-called ‘technical gas’ in the volume of approximately 177 million cubic metres, which provides a pressure level of 103 bar in the pipeline. This pressure is sufficient to start gas transportation in the future.
In addition, even before the pipeline was filled, on October 11, the German government officially rejected allegations of non-compliance by Russia with gas supply contracts to Europe, even though the country was constantly accused of violations and was subjected to postpone the launch of the transit, as stated by the head of the Bundestag Committee on Economics and Energy Klaus Ernst.
“On October 11, the German government officially gave a negative answer to my question about whether there are signs that the reason for the increase in gas prices is non-compliance by Russian energy suppliers with their obligations under existing contracts,” the deputy said.
The Ministry of Economy and Energy of the Federal Republic of Germany also noted that in the summer in the countries important for gas supply to Germany, Russia and Norway, technical work took place at gas industry facilities, as well as difficulties arose in gas production, which led to a reduction in the volume of imported fuel.
“In addition, the tax on CO2 emissions leads to an increase in the cost of gas, and the overall demand after the coronavirus crisis has increased again in the light of the economic recovery,” Ernst explained.
The Russian side has repeatedly stressed that Nord Stream 2 is a commercial project and is being implemented jointly with European partners. The press secretary of the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov, expressed strong disagreement with the attempts of a number of countries to determine the fate of the gas pipeline by politically motivated circumstances.
Besides, the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, pointed out that “even during the most difficult periods of the Cold War, the Russian Federation regularly, on a permanent basis, was fully fulfilling its contractual obligations, supplied gas to Europe,” expressing concern that it is dangerous to increase transit through the Ukrainian way, since its wear is over 80 per cent already, although supplies will not stop on this route and in 2021 will be even 10 per cent more than contractual transit obligations.