Russian gas monopoly Gazprom said on November 30 that the Nord Stream gas pipeline transmitted its 200 billionth cubic metre of gas from Russia to Germany via the Greifswald delivery point.
“The Nord Stream gas pipeline is a high-profile pan-European infrastructure project, a stellar example of mutually beneficial and productive cooperation between Gazprom and its European partners,” Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller said.
“Today’s development is a clear rebuttal to the skeptics. For six years, Nord Stream has consistently exported Russian gas to the European market via the most cost-efficient transit-free route, i.e. across the Baltic Sea. The gas pipeline is operating at full capacity, providing reliable energy supplies to thousands of companies and households in Europe,” the Gazprom CEO added.
“Drawing on the success of Nord Stream, Gazprom is implementing a similar project, Nord Stream-2, with the active support of Europe’s leading energy companies,” Miller said, adding that the new gas pipeline will be built by the end of 2019 as planned.
“Gazprom is convinced, as are our partners, that the project will further strengthen the reliability of gas supplies for European consumers and foster the development of the region’s energy market,” Miller argued.
Some Central and Eastern European countries as well as Ukraine have strongly opposed Gazprom’s plans to build Nord Stream-2, claiming that it would increase Europe’s dependence on Russia and reduce Russian gas transit via Ukraine.
Nord Stream is the export gas pipeline with the annual design capacity of 55 billion cubic metres of gas running from Russia to Germany across the Baltic Sea. The pipeline is operated by the Nord Stream AG joint venture (Gazprom – 51 per cent, Wintershall Holding and E.ON – 15.5 per cent each, and Gasunie and ENGIE – 9 per cent each). The first string of Nord Stream was put into service in November 2011 and the second in October 2012.
Nord Stream-2 is the construction project for a gas pipeline with the annual capacity of 55 billion cubic metres from Russia to Germany across the Baltic Sea.