Nord Stream 2 may be commissioned without obtaining a certificate – media

In particular, there have been similar examples of gas pipeline launches in the past – they were originally commissioned without obtaining the North European Gas Pipeline (NEL) certificate and the EGL 401 gas pipeline. Moreover, the commissioning of Nord Stream 2 will save Russian Gazprom “Transit fees for pumping gas through the territory of Ukraine,” the newspaper notes.

According to the Federal Grid Agency of Germany, if the pipeline is launched without certification, the company faces a fine of about € 1 million.

At the same time, investments in the construction of Nord Stream 2 amounted to at least € 10 billion, Handelsblatt said.

However, the Federal Grid Agency of the Federal Republic of Germany emphasizes that the two previous cases are incomparable with the Nord Stream 2 project.

The companies to be audited and the certification facts “diverge too widely,” a spokesman for the agency told a German newspaper.

Context:

Construction of Nord Stream 2, which should connect Germany and the Russian Federation along the bottom of the Baltic Sea, bypassing Ukraine, fully completed… On November 8, 2021, Gazprom announced that the pipeline ready to launch.

The authorities of Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia consider the pipeline a threat to energy security Europe.

Joe Biden’s administration spoke against the construction of a gas pipeline, however, at the end of May 2021, the head of the White House called it “counterproductive” from the point of view of relations with Europe, the introduction of new sanctions against Nord Stream 2, since the gas pipeline is “practically finished.”

Germany and the United States announced on July 21, 2021 that they have concluded agreement on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipelineGermany promised to apply national sanctions against Russia and call for effective EU measures if Russia continues to use gas as a an instrument of pressure on other countries or “will commit further aggressive actions against Ukraine.”

“Operator of GTS of Ukraine” (OGTSU) reportedthat Nord Stream 2 AG, which is 100% owned by Russia’s Gazprom, applied for certification as an independent operator of the Nord Stream 2 transmission system on September 8 to the Federal Network Agency of the Federal Republic of Germany… The state energy company of Poland PGNiG and its German subsidiary PGNiG Supply & Trading GmbH are admitted to the certification procedure, as well as “Naftogaz Ukrainy” and “Operator of GTS of Ukraine”.

“German Wave” noted that a preliminary decision on Nord Stream 2 should be made by the Federal Network Agency of Germany, and then the European Commission will have to express its position on the gas pipeline, it can take up to four months to develop a conclusion. After that, the German regulator will have another two months to make a final decision.

On November 16, it became known that the German Federal Network Agency suspended certification “Nord Stream – 2”. The OGTSU admitted that Gazprom will try to bypass EU legislation for pipeline certification.

The Ukrainian authorities believe that the Russian Federation has already begun use Nord Stream 2 as a weaponRussia restricts gas exports to Europe in order to raise prices, create an energy crisis and justify the launch of the gas pipeline, which is undergoing certification.

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