The terms for certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline may be increased as TASS reported citing Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Aleksandr Pankin on the sidelines of the Eurasian Economic Forum.
“The procedural turns and rules are quite complex; it takes a certain amount of time, and this time can be increased. It is not related to the environment. The procedure, as I understand it, covers a set of technical, organizational and technological processes," Pankin said.
According to him, the Nord Stream 2 is a purely economic project, and no one benefits from hindering it.
"Is this a fight against Russian gas or against the route? If it is a fight against Russian gas, then according to this logic, gas should not enter the market at all. If it is a fight against the route, then why the cheaper one cannot be used? ", the official added.
Earlier, Senior Advisor of US State Department for Energy Security Amos Hochstein predicts that the approval procedure for the launch of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline may last until March.
In September, Amos Hochstein, Department's Senior Advisor for Energy Security, warned that this winter Europe could face a gas shortage due to its low reserves and potential supply cuts. As of now, the European underground gas storages are occupied less by 70% and it is by 15% lower than the average level during the past five years.
As it was reported earlier, the construction of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was completely finished as of the morning of September 10.
On October 18, it became known earlier that the first string of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is filled with technical gas and is ready for operation.
Nord Stream 2 is the second gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea, which is due to supply gas to European countries. According to the plan, the gas pipeline should pass through the economic zones and territorial waters of five countries: Denmark (147 km), Germany (85 km), Russia (118 km ), Finland (374 km) and Sweden (510 km).