Nord Stream 2 Operator Begins Filling Pipeline Amid Historic EU Energy Crisis

ER Editor: We remind readers that, despite the apparent good news of Gazprom starting to fill the pipelines amid a so-called energy crisis, which we believe is entirely manipulated to gouge consumers and continue the ’emergency’ mentality, Germany is curiously in no rush to make a decision to grant it an operating licence. As Charles Kennedy of reported:

Earlier this month, Gazprom said it had completed the construction of Nord Stream 2, although gas flows on the Russia-led pipeline cannot begin until Germany grants an operating license to the project.

Germany’s federal networks regulator BNA said last week it would decide no later than January 8, 2022, whether it will certify Nord Stream 2 and issue an operating license for the pipeline.

All this in the context of blaming Russia for … not election rigging in the US, not murdering people with novichok on door handles in the UK, not ‘invading’ Crimeawithholding gas to Europe, presumably via its original Nordstream pipelines. The article cited above (see Nord Stream 2 In Limbo As Germany Prepares To Decide On Key License) makes it clear that Russia is eager to begin providing gas as soon as possible, Germany and the EU not so much.


Nord Stream 2 Operator Begins Filling Pipeline Amid Historic EU Energy Crisis

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Russia and Germany are celebrating the historic moment Monday that Nord Stream 2 AG was partially brought online, for the first time filling the front section of the pipeline with gas, at a moment European Union countries have for weeks experienced shortages and soaring prices in many places, crucially which has entered crisis mode ahead of the coming winter.

NS2 operators announced in a Monday press release that “the procedure for filling the first string of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has begun” and further that “the string will now be filled with gas gradually in order to achieve the volume and pressure required for further technical testing.”

Source: Nord Stream 2

The next major step before gas will actually transit from Russia into northeast Germany via the Baltic Sea from the St. Petersburg region will be the moment German regulators issue authorization to turn on the taps for the gas to start flowing – considered the final hurdle before it goes fully operational.

The final section of construction in recent weeks and months took place in Denmark’s waters, with Danish inspectors and officials giving their own greenlight as well on Monday.

Previously in the face of pushback from Washington and some allies, which charge that Europe will become too energy dependent on the Kremlin, the NS2 operator said, “Nord Stream 2 will contribute to meeting the long-term needs of the European energy market for gas imports, improving supply security and reliability, and providing gas under sensible economic conditions.”

The independent Moscow Times has noted of the “controversial” pipeline that leaders in Kiev will continue to lobby hard against it:

The pipeline diverts supplies from an existing route through Ukraine and is expected to deprive Europe’s ally of an estimated 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) annually in transit fees from Russia.

Ukraine — in conflict with Russia since Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea — has warned Europe that Nord Stream 2 could be used by Moscow as a geopolitical pressure vice.

Last month Ukraine said it will pursue all revenues of action against NS2 “even after the gas is turned on” – yet it’s been met with little more than a shrug in Europe, also amid recent US sanctions targeting companies involved in the construction.

Meanwhile NATO’s Atlantic Council is marking the occasion with the following blistering critique

A big recent turning point seen as critical to allowing the pipeline to proceed to completion was the Biden administration quickly agreeing to drop sanctions on the German side of the project soon after he took office. Republicans as well as Ukrainian officials blasted the move as tantamount to caving to Putin.




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