15 Sep. 2021 19:34
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has announced that Nord Stream 2 will only be launched in early 2022. According to him, the EU bureaucracy is preventing the gas pipeline from starting. Lavrov also predicted continued attacks on the project from his opponents.
It will not be possible to get a permit to launch Nord Stream 2 in the near future, it is a slow process. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced this.
The Russian minister thus denied reports about a possible imminent start of supply via the gas pipeline. According to him, it will take a long time to remove all obstacles from the German regulatory authority. Perhaps this process will not be completed until early 2022. Lavrov also predicted continued attacks on the project from his opponents. The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry discussed:
“The process is now underway to obtain the necessary permits from the German regulatory authority. The process is not fast; it is expected to end in early 2022.”
In early September there were reports that gas deliveries via Nord Stream 2 could begin on October 1st. However, Fiete Wulff, a spokesman for the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), said on September 13th that the examination of the documents for the certification could take two to four months if there were no additional difficulties.
The Ukrainian authorities are urging to make the gas pipeline certification process as difficult as possible. The US State Department’s senior advisor on energy security, Amos Hochstein, in turn promised Washington would follow the proceedings closely.
Against this background, gas prices in Europe continue to rise sharply. On September 14th they exceeded the mark of 675 euros per thousand cubic meters, the day after they reached 720 euros.
Previously, the Russian authorities and representatives of Gazprom had repeatedly stated that deliveries via Nord Stream 2 would start before the end of 2021.
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