October 4, 2021
The Nord Stream 2 pipeline operator said it was starting to fill the pipeline with gas, BNR reported, noting that another step towards completing the project comes at a time when Europe is facing an energy crisis with low levels of natural gas reserves. and high electricity prices.
After filling the pipe, technical inspections will follow.
Nord Stream 2 bypasses Ukraine, which is expected to suffer 1 billion euros in transit fees. Kiev, for its part, warned that the pipeline could be used by the Kremlin as a geopolitical weapon.
Nord Stream 2 will supply up to 55 billion cubic meters of gas a year in Europe and, according to Moscow, will help reduce gas prices on the continent.