MOSCOW, Dec 2 – Russia and Germany are deliberately “delaying” the opening of Nord Stream 2 due to the suspension of certification of the gas pipeline, wrote in an article for the publication “Glavred“energy markets expert Valentin Zemlyansky.
In his opinion, Moscow can do this out of “selfish motives.”
“After all, the process of certification of a gas pipeline is far from the first time, the conditions are the same, but for some reason neither German lawyers nor Russian lawyers understood that the pipeline operator should be registered in Germany. Accordingly, they probably knew about this nuance, but deliberately went for it violation “, – says Zemlyansky.
The Ukrainian expert believes that the current situation on the gas market in Europe allegedly “suits” Gazprom.
“For them, it is essential that certification takes place in a purely legal field, plus receive additional dividends from the situation that has developed in the European market,” the author of the publication concluded.
Nord Stream 2 stretches from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany and consists of two lines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of fuel per year. Construction was completed in September.
The process of certification of Nord Stream 2 AG as the main pipe operator is underway. Opponents believe that this is contrary to the updated EU Gas Directive, according to which different companies should be engaged in production and supply. However, according to Moscow, by the time the rules were changed, billions of dollars in investments had been made in the project, taking into account the previous legal situation.
The Federal Network Agency of Germany (BNA) on November 16 suspended the certification of Nord Stream 2 AG, which began on September 8, until the necessary requirements are met. Thus, a German company should be an independent operator, while Nord Stream AG 2 is registered in Switzerland. To go through the procedure and start the gas pipeline, she must create a “daughter” that will manage the German section of the pipe.
Gas prices in Europe rose sharply in late summer. Experts attributed this to several factors: the low level of occupancy of European underground storage facilities, limited supply from the main suppliers and high demand for liquefied natural gas in Asia. As Russian President Vladimir Putin noted, the gas shortage in the European market was the result of the economic policy of the European Commission.