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Launch of Nord Stream 2 can drag on until March, - State Department Advisor Hochstein

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to Hochstein, if Russia claims it can quickly increase gas flow through Nord Stream 2, it should be able to do so now through existing pipelines
09:36, 26 October 2021

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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 take a little less than six months as Reuters reported.

According to Hochstein, the approval of Germany and the European Commission for the launch of Nord Stream 2 is likely to drag on until March. Therefore, if Russia claims it can quickly increase gas flow through Nord Stream 2, it should be able to do so now through existing pipelines.

"You can't have it both ways," Hochstein said

Related: Ukraine’s Gas Transmission System Operator files application to certify Nord Stream 2 AG

Earlier, 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.

Related: Russia could boost gas supplies to Europe via Nord Stream 2, - Putin

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).

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