Test gas supplies via the Nord Stream 2 export gas pipeline may begin as early as late August-early September 2021. Pavel Zavalny, Chairman of the State Duma Energy Committee, told Vedomosti.
He noted that the operator of the gas pipeline under construction needs to carry out a set of preparatory work: purging, cleaning, testing, testing for leaks, as well as being certified.
“It will take, according to my estimates, at least two months. There is a lot of purely engineering and technical work to be done, ”the parliamentarian said.
How quickly certification will be passed, he said, will depend on foreign policy factors. “I think we will overcome all difficulties,” he added.
Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs Vladimir Dzhabarov, in turn, added that “the Americans, under the threat of sanctions, forced many construction participants to leave” the project.
“If there were no artificial delays, the project would have been launched much earlier,” he said. The senator recalled that Russia does not refuse supplies via the Ukrainian gas transportation system, but only “diversifies the supply route”.
On June 10, Nord Stream 2 AG, the operator of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, announced the technical completion of the construction of the offshore section of the first line of Nord Stream 2. The offshore sections of the gas pipeline are interconnected. On June 11, commissioning works on filling the gas pipeline will begin on the first string. Pipe-laying work on the offshore section of the second string continues.
Nord Stream 2 is a gas pipeline running from Russia to Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea, bypassing the Baltic states and Poland. The gas pipeline’s capacity is estimated at 55 billion cubic meters. meters of gas per year. Earlier, Nord Stream 2 AG announced that the pipeline was 95% ready as of March 31. On June 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the completion of the first string of the pipeline.