The gas entry procedure for the second chain of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has been completed […] This pressure is sufficient to start the gas transport, said the operator, based in Switzerland, of this submarine tube of 1230 kilometers.
The German energy regulator, which suspended certification of the gas pipeline this fall due to a legal obstacle, indicated in mid-December that the latter would not intervene before mid-2022.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, for his part, confirmed on Wednesday that Nord Stream 2 was operational to start deliveries as soon as the green light from Berlin was given.
As soon as [les Allemands] will have decided to start working, large volumes, additional volumes of Russian gas will immediately leave for Europe, he said in a meeting broadcast on Russian public television.
He argued that the launch would lower the price of gas, which reached a new record in Europe last week.
” This will immediately have an effect on market, spot prices, and all countries and their consumers using Russian gas will feel it. “
For years, this pipeline has divided Westerners, some, including the United States, believing that it would strengthen Europe’s dependence on Moscow.
The tube was found recently in another file: the rise in tensions, since November, at the borders of Ukraine, near which Russia has gathered troops, raising fears of a military operation against Kiev.
The new German government threatens to shut down Nord Stream 2 in the event of Russian aggression.
Some states, such as Poland and Ukraine, have also accused Moscow of reducing its gas deliveries, which the European Union (EU) badly needs, to obtain the launch of Nord Stream 2 and concessions in the Ukrainian dossier. . Charges rejected by the Kremlin.