Photo: Nord Stream 2 AG.

By Annie Cook

“The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is ready to be launched,” Gazprom manager Alexei Finikov said on Monday. At the same time, he explained that the first line is filled with technical gas, and the second line is being prepared for filling.

Finikov, who spoke during a teleconference with investors, did not comment on the pipeline’s certification.

The fact that the construction of the Russian-German gas pipeline is completed was reported in September this year. The Nord Stream 2 operator should now provide Germany with certificates of compliance with technical standards. It should also be registered as an independent operator.

On 21 October, President Vladimir Putin said that if the German side gives permission tomorrow, Russia could start deliveries via Nord Stream 2 the next day. He announced that work on filling the second line with technical gas would be completed in December this year.