“European countries are most interested in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, and the project is still planned to be completed in 2021,” Russian Energy Minister Nikolai Shulginov said in an interview with Energy Policy magazine.

“Our position has not changed. Europe is very much interested in this pipeline. Russian President Vladimir Putin in his speech to the Federal Assembly pointed out that this is a purely economic project that has nothing to do with the political situation, and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak also once again announced that the pipeline will be completed this year,” Nikolai Shulginov said.

Speaking about the operation of the pipeline and the possibility of Nord Stream 2 supplying hydrogen in the future, Shulginov noted that all potentialities of improving asset efficiency are being studied.

The Nord Stream 2 project involves the construction of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 bcm per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. Work was suspended in December 2019 after Swiss company Allseas abandoned pipe laying due to possible US sanctions. From December 2020, construction of the pipeline resumed in Denmark’s territorial waters. As of 1 April this year, the project was 95 per cent complete.

By Annie Cook (photo: kremlin.ru)