Columnist America Hernandez in an article for Politico stated that there are three “obstacles” to the launch of Nord Stream 2.
The author of the material noted that the construction of the pipeline has already been completed, but its operator will have to carry out technical work, which, in her opinion, may take up to three months.
“Now it is necessary to clean the offshore sections of the pipeline, and then check for leaks and other potential problems,” Hernandez wrote.
The publicist clarified that Nord Stream 2 must obtain a safety certificate from an independent organization recognized by the international community.
In an interview with the publication, Republican Senator James Risch said that any foreign company that will participate in the inspection of the pipeline will come under US sanctions.
“The administration knows (USA. – Ed.) That this is so, and it must take drastic measures before it is too late,” Risch said.
Hernandez concluded that the German Federal Network Agency (BNA) will have to confirm that the pipeline meets the requirements of the European Union.
The observer also emphasized that the German regulator may issue a temporary permit if it considers that high gas prices and low reserves in storage facilities threaten Germany’s energy security ahead of winter.
Nord Stream 2 is a gas pipeline from Russia to Germany with a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year. The last pipe of the second string was sunk to the bottom of the Baltic Sea last week. According to the chairman of Gazprom, Alexei Miller, the company will start the fuel through the pipeline already this heating season.