The certification of the gas pipeline , already built, was paralyzed by the German government after Moscow recognized the sovereignty of the people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.
The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is ready to operate at any time, Gazprom Director General Alexei Miller said Thursday during a speech at the 25th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, which is being held between June 15 and 18.
“The Nord Stream 2 has pressure and to this day gas can still be supplied to Germany through it, but it is not operational because it is not certified”, he stated, cited by RIA Novosti. “The Nord Stream 2 is paralyzed, but our economy is not”, added, pointing out that one of the sections of the gas pipeline will be used to supply gas to the North-Western District of Russia. “All the governors applauded us and said they will build production plants,” he stressed.
At the same time, Miller blamed European regulators for high gas prices. “We are witnesses to price shocks. We have witnessed very high volatility in the commodity markets and very high inflation. But all this did not start yesterday, or today, and here we have to thank foreign regulators, in particular to the Europeans,” he said.
Miller’s statements come after Gazprom will announce this Wednesday that it has been forced to turn off another gas turbine engine of the German company Siemens, so that from this Thursday the flow of gas from Russia to Europe through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline will be reduced by another third. According to the Russian energy company, the reason is that Siemens has not yet returned the technical equipment used to pump the gas, which was being repaired in Canada and cannot be delivered due to Canadian sanctions.
- The Nord Stream 2 pipeline, with a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year, starts at the Slavianskaya compression station in Russia’s Leningrad province and extends under the Baltic Sea to the German coast. It has two pipelines, each 1,234 kilometers long. Nord Stream 2 pipeline-laying operations began in 2018 and were completed in September 2021 after overcoming numerous obstacles. However, the infrastructure never started operating.
- German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced on February 22 that he ordered a halt to the certification process for the pipeline in response to Moscow’s decision to recognize the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, following which agreements on friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance were signed between Russia and the two republics. Two days later, after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Germany’s Economy Minister Robert Habeck stated that he did not see “in the medium and short term” the possibility of Nord Stream 2 being put into operation.