The first line of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline has begun to be filled with gas, according to the operator of the project. The company said that commissioning works were previously carried out to control the integrity of the pipeline, including an in-line inspection using special diagnostic devices.
“On October 4, the procedure for filling the first line of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline with gas has begun. The thread will be gradually filled with gas to reach the volume and pressure required for further technical testing,” the message says.
The Danish Energy Agency reported that the operator of the Nord Stream-2 fulfilled all the conditions for putting the gas pipeline into operation. The Agency agreed that Pipeline B can be put into operation since Nord Stream 2 AG has fulfilled the relevant conditions, “including those relating to certification”.
As reminded, the Nord Stream-2 construction was completed on September 10. The gas pipeline was built in a year and a half longer than planned “thanks” to the US sanctions. However, in July, the US and Germany reached an agreement that allowed the project to be completed without further restrictions against its builders.
It is specified that gas supplies via Nord Stream-2 may start in October of this year. The project consists of two 1,224 km long lines each along the bottom of the Baltic Sea, which pass through the maritime territories of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany. The pipeline will supply gas from Russia to Germany with a capacity of 55 billion cubic metres by Gazprom PJSC.