Now everything depends on the energy situation in Europe, which may worsen.
According to the news agency, Germany and the European Commission have the right to consider the relevant issue in accordance with legal norms until May 8 next year.
“Russia’s Nord Stream 2 may need a few more months… the pipeline might not be approved until May if regulators use all the time they’re allowed,” the message says.
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).