The launch of Nord Stream 2 bypassing Ukraine could lead to a loss of gas supply in five Ukrainian cities. This was reported by the press center of the Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine (OGTSU).
"As a result of the launch of Nord Stream 2 bypassing Ukraine, five cities on the Ukraine–Russia border will at once lose gas supplies, and Ukraine's ability to import gas from European countries will be significantly limited," the statement said.
It is noted that after the launch of the gas pipeline, Ukraine will not have access to a virtual reverse, which this year provided almost 90% of gas imports to the country. In addition, Europe will lose the opportunity to use Ukrainian gas storage facilities, which, for example, in 2020 stored about 10 billion cubic meters of gas of the European companies.
The launch of Nord Stream 2 bypassing Ukraine will cause the Ukrainian gas route to permanently lose transit volumes of Russian gas, so OGTSU will be forced to change the mode of operation of the Ukrainian gas transportation system from transit to servicing only domestic routes.
As it was reported on October 18, Russian majority state-owned multinational energy corporation refused to reserve additional transit capacity through Ukraine for November.
On October 6, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that it is not profitable for Gazprom to increase gas transit via Ukraine, since transit through the Ukrainian GTS is more expensive by $3 billion.
On September 10, Gazprom declared that North Stream 2 was fully completed. 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 via the Baltic Sea to Germany.
Today, On November 16, it became known that Germany has suspended Nord Stream 2 certification. 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.