Germany greenlights work on Nord Stream 2 in its waters – media.

gazprom.ru

gazprom.ru

Work to complete the subsea Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline can go ahead in German waters.

That was reported by Germany's federal maritime regulator BSH on Monday, as reported by Reuters.

It is noted that two environmental groups in January filed complaints with BSH against a move to expand the period during which construction work could theoretically take place, effectively preventing further work on the pipeline.

Read also Russia's Nord Stream 2 project decimating Baltic Sea ecosystem – Ukraine Intelligence Nord Stream 2: Background

  • The Nord Stream 2 project envisages the construction and operation of two gas pipeline branches with a total throughput capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year from the coast of Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany. It should connect Russia's Ust-Lug and Germany's Greifswald. This new pipeline bypassing Ukraine is to be built next to the existing Nord Stream 1 pipeline.
  • The construction of the pipeline was expected to be completed before the end of 2019.
  • The pipeline will be 1,220 km long. The project is being implemented by Russia's Gazprom in alliance with European companies – ENGIE, OMV, Royal Dutch Shell, Uniper, and Wintershall. Ukraine stands against the construction of Nord Stream 2 as it will most likely lose its status of a gas transit country, while its potential revenue losses are estimated at US$3 billion annually. The project is also highly criticized by the U.S., Poland, and the Baltic States.
  • The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has already been completed by more than 90%.
  • The United States has imposed a series of sanctions against Nord Stream 2 and has repeatedly called on European allies and private companies to stop the related works.
  • On January 7, 2021, a fund was established in Germany to support the completion of the Nord Stream 2 project.
  • Eighteen companies have already refused to participate in the project or are planning to do so because of the sanctions.
  • On February 6, 2021, Nord Stream 2 AG announced it would continue to lay the pipes under the project.
  • On March 14, 2021, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal Frans Timmermans said that Europe did not need the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Despite this, Germany continues to insist on the completion of the project.
  • On March 19, 2021, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on the companies involved in the construction of Nord Stream 2 to immediately halt laying pipes, threatening new sanctions.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline a trap for all countries across Europe.
  • On April 20, 2021, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Ukraine should remain a transit country for Russian gas to Europe, despite Germany's decision to complete the construction of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
  • In early May, Germany's Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) filed a lawsuit with the Hamburg Administrative Court against the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Germany's exclusive economic zone.

Reporting by UNIAN

Unian

Read the top-news of politics in Ukraine and the world, the latest political news from the UNIAN news agency.

https://www.unian.info/

Related news
In full: Trevor Phillips on Sunday

In full: Trevor Phillips on Sunday

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is questioned on the Brexit Protocol, June 21 and the G7 by Trevor Phillips at the summit in Cornwall. Other guests on the show include Labour's shadow international trade secretary Emily Thornberry, former prime min...

Tory rebel: Impact of foreign aid cut ‘very severe’.

Tory rebel: Impact of foreign aid cut ‘very severe’.

Former international development secretary Andrew Mitchell says the government's decision to cut foreign aid 'wasn't one it had to make'. The impact of this decision will be 'great on Britain's reputation' and its ability to "move the dial on some...

G7 confronts authoritarian threats from China and Russia - DW News.

G7 confronts authoritarian threats from China and Russia - DW News.

Leaders of the wealthiest democracies have agreed on a plan to counter China's global influence. The first face-to-face G7 summit since the pandemic began has showcased a new found western unity. Day two of the talks in southwest England focused o...

Moscow orders strict lockdown as COVID cases surge - DW News.

Moscow orders strict lockdown as COVID cases surge - DW News.

Moscow's Mayor Sergey Sobyanin has ordered many businesses to send workers home to head off a surge in COVID-19 cases. Infections have doubled in the last few days. It's the first time this year that tough measures have been imposed in the Russian...

Bidens Visit Church Before Last Day of G-7 Summit

Bidens Visit Church Before Last Day of G-7 Summit

U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden leave church after attending Mass at Sacred Heart and St. Ia Catholic Church in St. Ives, on the southwestern tip of England, as the Group of Seven summit drew to a close on Sunday. ––––––––– READ...

COVID-19: Businesses fear for delayed 'Freedom Day'.

COVID-19: Businesses fear for delayed 'Freedom Day'.

Senior Ministers will meet today to finalise plans for the next stage of lockdown in England, with it now all but certain that the easing of restrictions scheduled for 21st June will be put back. But, as Ashna Hurynag reports, it's bad news for bu...