Russian Energy Minister believes Nord Stream 2 to be put into operation before end of 2020

Source : 112 Ukraine

Novak is confident that the Akademik Chersky vessel, which has been operated by Gazprom Fleet since 2016, will help complete construction work on the gas pipeline
16:49, 1 January 2020
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak is confident that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will be put into operation before the end of 2020. He expressed this opinion in a comment to reporters, TASS informs.

“By the end of 2020, Nord Stream 2 will be launched,” Novak said. “One option is a vessel that is now located in the Far East. But it will take some time for additional preparation,” he added.

The Akademik Chersky vessel has been operated by Gazprom Fleet since 2016. Currently, the ship is in the port of Nakhodka.
Related: Russia gets vessel to complete construction of Nord Stream-2

On December 17, the US Senate approved the defense budget, which provided for sanctions against Nord Stream 2.

Nord Stream 2 is a gas pipeline that should connect Russia with Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea. The length of the route is more than 1200 km, the capacity of the new pipeline will be 55 billion m³ of gas per year. The cost of the project is 9,5 billion euros, it is financed in half by Russian Gazprom and five European companies: the Anglo-Dutch Shell, German Wintershall and Uniper, the French Engie and the Austrian OMV.

The authorities of Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia consider Nord Stream 2 a threat to Europe’s energy security.
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