The State Department has notified in a report to Congress that it will not impose sanctions on the company overseeing the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany.
Germany is the leader of Russian pipeline gas imports in Europe. In March, Germany continued to actively increase its purchases from Gazprom.
Minister-president of Saxony: “we would like to commission the completed Nord Stream 2 as soon as possible”
“Germany needs reliable gas supplies from Russia in the future and supports the commissioning of Nord Stream 2 as soon as possible,” said Michael Kretschmer, minister-president of Saxony.
German energy company Uniper has abandoned plans to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in the German port of Wilhelmshaven.
The EUGAL pipeline in Germany, the onshore extension of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, can now move up to 55 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year.
Work to lay Gazprom’s gas pipeline to Germany in Danish waters is due to start in late March. The mainline is expected to be ready by September’s end.
The German government hopes that the Biden administration will weaken the sanctions against Nord Stream 2 (NS2). German diplomacy is pushing to win U.S. acceptance of NS2’s completion and launch.