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Germany suspends Nord Stream 2 certification

Source : 112 Ukraine

The German regulator demanded the creation of a company-operator of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in accordance with German law
12:50, 16 November 2021

A worker at the landing site of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, operated by Gazprom PJSC, in Lubmin, Germany
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The German regulator has decided to suspend the certification procedure of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the regulator's site reports.

The report states that in order to renew the certification, the Nord Stream 2 operator must have an organizational form in accordance with the laws of Germany.

"The Bundesnetzagentur has today suspended the procedure to certify Nord Stream 2 AG as an independent transmission operator. Following a thorough examination of the documentation, the Bundesnetzagentur concluded that it would only be possible to certify an operator of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline if that operator was organised in a legal form under German law," the message reads.

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.

Work on laying the Nord Stream-2 pipeline began in 2018. Its length is 1,230 km. The pipeline is expected to supply 55 billion cubic meters of gas annually from Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany.

On September 15, the price of gas in Europe broke another record, reaching $950 per thousand cubic meters for the first time in history.

A group of over 40 MEPs soon demanded that the European Commission urgently investigate Gazprom's manipulation and blackmail.

On October 4, the procedure for filling the first line of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline with gas began.

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. Commissioning work on the second thread continues.

Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine has filed an application to the German energy regulator (Bundesnetzagentur) regarding participation in the Nord Stream-2 AG certification procedure on October 20.

Related: Naftogaz-Ukraine to participate in certification of Nord Stream AG, - CEO

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