The first string of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is filled with technical gas.
This was announced on October 18 by the project operator, Nord Stream 2 AG.
“In accordance with the plan and design requirements, the line is filled with so-called technical gas in the amount of approximately 177 million m3, which provides a pressure level of 103 bar in the pipeline,” the company’s website said in a statement.
Thus, the pressure in the gas pipeline is sufficient to start gas transportation, the project is ready for work, the company noted.
Start-up and commissioning works are continuing on the second line.
On October 15, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that SP-2 is the guarantor of Europe’s energy security and a factor of infrastructure stability.
On the same day, German Minister of Economy and Energy Peter Altmeier said that gas storage facilities in Germany are currently 75% full, the country’s authorities are able to supply the population with gas. He added that “at any moment” Europe can switch to the supply of liquefied natural gas on the issue of gas supply, there are large terminals for receiving it in many European countries.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said on October 14 that Nord Stream 2 will be ready for operation in the coming days. According to him, the further situation with the operation of the pipeline depends on the European regulator. In addition, the Deputy Prime Minister noted that the European partners have not yet approached Russia with a request to increase gas supplies.