Following Naftogaz, the operator of the GTS filed an application for participation in the certification of Nord Stream-2
Brussels admits that Kiev may technically delay the certification of the Russian “pipe”.As of October 18, the first string of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was filled with technical gas / Illustration REUTERS
The Ukrainian gas transmission system operator has applied for participation in the certification of the Nord Stream 2 operator. Earlier this was done by Naftogaz of Ukraine .
This is stated in the statement of the operator’s press service.
“The certification of Nord Stream-2 AG will violate the rights and commercial interests of the Ukrainian GTS Operator, which is the basis for our application to the German regulator,” explained Sergey Makogon, General Director of the Ukrainian GTS Operator.
He stressed that Nord Stream 2 is not aimed at diversifying gas transportation routes and threatens the security of gas supplies to Europe.
Makogon explained that the Russian pipeline adds a huge amount of unnecessary additional capacity for the transit of gas from Russia to Europe to the existing capacities that are already underutilized, in particular, we are talking about the Ukrainian gas transmission system, which is in good technical condition and has almost three times the capacity. than Nord Stream 2.
Nord Stream 2 will not diversify transit routes, but, on the contrary, will displace the Ukrainian gas transportation system as one of the available routes and will switch the bulk of gas transportation from Russia to Europe in the narrow corridor of the Baltic Sea, where the Nord Stream and Nord Stream gas pipelines 2 “will operate in parallel,” said the general director of the GTS operator.
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.
As of October 18, the first string of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was filled with technical gas.