By the end of the year, Ukraine’s GTS can pump twice as much gas as Nord Stream 2 – Zerkal

According to the adviser to the Minister of Energy, Russia does not want to use the Ukrainian gas transportation system due to the policy of gas blackmail.Ukraine's GTS could pump 11 billion cubic meters of gas / photo REUTERSUkraine’s GTS could pump 11 billion cubic meters of gas / photo REUTERS

Lana Zerkal, Advisor to the Energy Minister, noted that by the end of the year, the Ukrainian GTS can pump twice as much gas as Nord Stream-2.

As she said in an interview with Radio Liberty , the gas transportation system of Ukraine could pump 11 billion cubic meters of gas, while Nord Stream 2 – only 5.6 billion cubic meters.

“The blackmail is already very obvious. They are already ready to pump through the Nord Stream another 5.6 billion cubic meters by the end of this year. And our GTS could pump 11,” Zerkal said.

According to her, Russia does not want to use the Ukrainian gas transportation system because of the policy of gas blackmail.

“And they do not use it, because they want” streams “to be launched, which they will fully control and actually hold Europe in their gas” embrace, “Zerkal emphasized.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Sergei Makogon, General Director of GTS Operator of Ukraine LLC, notes that the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which was built bypassing Ukraine, does not create any additional value for Europe . Ukraine is ready now to transport gas volumes for which Nord Stream-2 is designed, he said.

Earlier, Prime Minister Denis Shmygal said that the gas crisis in Europe was due to blackmail from Russia , which stopped the pumping of gas through the Ukrainian GTS.

Yuriy Vitrenko, head of the board of Naftogaz Ukrainy, believes that Russia deliberately reduces gas transit through Ukraine in order to blackmail Europe and force it to certify Nord Stream 2.

Nord Stream 2: what is known

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.

On July 21, 2021, the United States and Germany reached an agreement on Nord Stream 2 . It stipulates that Washington abandons its intentions to impose sanctions on participants in the Nord Stream 2 project, but the possibility of EU sanctions for Moscow remains if Russia uses the gas pipeline as an instrument of energy pressure. The agreement also states the intention to preserve gas transit through Ukraine. Germany promises to use all leverage to persuade Russia to renew its gas transit agreement through Ukraine, which is due to end at the end of 2024.

On September 10, Russia announced the completion of the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline.

On 4 October, Nord Stream 2 A. G, the pipeline operator, announced the start of filling the first string of the pipeline with gas. As of October 18, the first string of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is filled with technical gas .

(C)UNIAN 2021

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