Ukraine has applied for participation in the certification of “Nord Stream 2”
Ukraine’s position is that Nord Stream 2 cannot be certified.According to Vitrenko, the gas pipeline cannot be certified because its full compliance with European legislation is not ensured / Illustration REUTERS
Naftogaz Ukrainy has submitted an application to the German regulator for participation in the certification of the Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream-2 .
As a UNIAN correspondent reports, the head of the company Yuri Vitrenko said this at a briefing.
Naftogaz, as a national company that leads the fight for the energy security of Ukraine, defends national interests, has applied for participation in the certification of the Nord Stream 2 operator before the German regulator by the Federal Agency of German Grids, “he said.
According to Vitrenko, Ukraine’s position is that Nord Stream 2 cannot be certified, since its full compliance with European legislation is not ensured.
He noted that “the application from Naftogaz, if accepted,” will oblige the regulator to formally take into account the position and arguments of Naftogaz regarding the Russian gas pipeline.
“We expect that the regulator will not reject the application,” Vitrenko said.
Earlier Vitrenko noted that certification of the Nord Stream 2 operator would contradict the norms of the EU’s Third Energy Package.
Nord Stream 2: What You Need to Know
The Nord Stream 2 project provides for the construction and operation of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The gas pipeline bypasses Ukraine.
The pipeline is operated by Nord Stream 2 AG, which was founded by Russia’s Gazprom. The project is financed by European companies: French Engie, Austrian OMV, British-Dutch Shell, German Uniper and Wintershall.
The United States imposed a number of sanctions against construction contractors, due to which work on the construction of the gas pipeline was stopped at one time.
On September 2, after a meeting with US President Joseph Biden, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Biden had guaranteed the imposition of sanctions against Nord Stream 2 in the event of threats to Ukraine’s energy security.
On September 10, Russia announced the completion of the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline.
On September 23, 2021, it became known that the Congress approved sanctions against Nord Stream 2.
On October 4, 2021, the operator of the Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 began filling the first branch with gas.