The Russian energy company Gazprom has decided to use the capacity of the onshore part of the Nord Stream 2 for gas supply to the North-West of Russia, as reported in the official Telegram channel of the company.
As RIA Novosti reminds, the Nord Stream 2 stretches from the coast of Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany. Its construction was completed in September last year and by December it was fully ready for operation.
The pipeline was supposed to pump 55 billion cubic meters of gas annually, but after the start of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine, the German authorities stopped certification. According to German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock, the project is actually frozen.
“Due to the fact that the Nord Stream–2 offshore gas pipeline is currently not in use, and taking into account the implementation of the gas supply and gasification program for consumers in the North-West region, Gazprom has decided to use the excess Russian onshore gas transmission capacities of the Nord Stream–2 project to develop gas supply to the regions of the North-West Russia,” the message says.
It is noted that if Germany decides to put the offshore part of the gas pipeline into operation, it will be 100 per cent possible to connect only one line, and the second one will work no earlier than 2028.