“During a morning briefing at Gazprom, Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Management Committee, announced that the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was fully completed at 8:45 am (Moscow time) earlier this morning,” Gazprom said in statement.
At the beginning of September, Miller said that the first shipments of gas through the pipeline could flow to Europe already at the outset of this year’s winter season. And total flows this year could reach 5.6 billion cu.m.
Nord Stream 2 AG has already issued an application for the certification process to be carried out in its capacity as the independent operator of Nord Stream, but this process could take several months. In addition, the technical certification of the pipeline must be carried out.
The construction of Nord Stream 2 began in 2018. But the project proceeded with interruptions owing to the imposition of sanctions and the impossibility for European contractors to pursue their work. In the end, Gazprom completed the project independently. In July, the United States and Germany clinched an agreement allowing Russia to complete construction of Nord Stream 2 without further sanctions being introduced against the builders. The transport capacity of the project is 55 billion cu. m per year and the total capacity of the four branches of the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines along the bed of the Baltic Sea is 110 billion cu. m. The resource base is made up by the Yuzhno-Russkoye and the Bovanenkovo gas fields.