Gazprom General Director Alexei Miller reported that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is ready for operation at any time.
“The Nord Stream 2 has pressure and to this day gas can still be supplied to Germany through it, but it is not operational because it is not certified,” Miller said, also noting that one of the sections of the pipeline will be used to supply gas to the North-Western District of Russia.
At the same time, Miller blamed European regulators for high gas prices. “We are witnessing price shocks. We have witnessed very high volatility in the commodity markets and very high inflation. But all this did not start yesterday, nor today, and here we have to thank the foreign regulators, in particular the European ones.”
The Nord Stream gas pipeline, has a capacity of 55,000 million cubic meters of gas per year, part of the Slaviánskaya compression station, in the Russian province of Leningrad, and extends under the Baltic Sea to the German coast.
It also has two pipelines, each 1,234 kilometers long. Pipelaying operations for Nord Stream 2 began in 2018 and were completed in September 2021 after overcoming numerous obstacles.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced that he ordered a halt to the gas pipeline certification process in response to Moscow’s decision to recognize the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.
Two days later, after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, the German Economy Minister, Robert Habeck, declared that he did not see “in the medium and short term” the possibility of Nord Stream 2 being launched.