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Germany admits possibility of launching Nord Stream 2 without certification

Source : 112 Ukraine

However, in this case, the country will have to pay a fine
17:22, 28 November 2021

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The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline may start operating without certification. This is reported by Handelsblatt.

According to the newspaper, in the past such situations, when pipelines were put into operation before they were certified, have already happened. In particular, we are talking about German projects NEL and EGL 401.

However, in this case, you will have to pay a fine, but, according to the estimates of the German Federal Network Agency (BNA), its amount is not more than one million euros.

The fine for putting the gas pipeline into operation in Germany was called acceptable, given that the cost of the entire Nord Stream 2 project is about 10 million euros.

The authors of the article believe that such a scenario may seem "attractive" to the operator given the high gas prices. Thanks to this, Gazprom will be able to save on payments for gas transit through Ukraine.

On September 10 Gazprom announced that Nord Stream 2 had been fully completed.

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The laying of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline began in 2018. Its length is 1230 km. The pipeline is expected to deliver 55 billion cubic meters of gas annually from Russia across the Baltic Sea to Germany.

On November 16, it became known that the German regulator decided to suspend the certification procedure for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

On November 22, the Department of State presented an amended report to Congress under the 2019 European Energy Security Protection Act (PEESA), as amended. The document lists two vessels and one Russian-related entity, Transadria Ltd., participating in the Nord Stream 2 project, against which new sanctions are proposed.

On November 23, the US Treasury Department included in the sanctions list the Cyprus-registered company Transadria Ltd, as well as the offshore sea vessel Marlin, which sailed under the Russian flag.

However, another ship involved in Nord Stream 2, the Blue Ship, which is under the control of the German government organization, did not fall under the restrictive measures.

On November 23, State Department spokesman Ned Price pledged that the United States will continue to impose sanctions on everyone involved in the Nord Stream 2 project under the 2019 European Energy Security Protection Act (PEESA).

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