It is impossible to disrupt the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 (SP-2) project. This was announced on December 29 by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak.
“We believe that this project cannot be disrupted. It was built in accordance with all the requirements of the legislation, ”he said in an interview with RBC.
The Deputy Prime Minister noted that the construction of any infrastructure on a long-term basis will benefit Europe, as it will create alternative opportunities for energy supplies.
Novak drew attention to the fact that the SP-2 was completed despite all attempts to prevent this. He expressed confidence that gas will be supplied to Europe via it, specifying that the European Union may put forward new requirements for the gas pipeline.
“But we hope that there will be no such demands. The project company, which implements the Nord Stream 2 project, strictly operates in accordance with European legislation, ”he stressed.
According to the Deputy Prime Minister, all requirements “beyond the current legislation” will be political.
Novak also said that the completion of the SP-2 certification is expected during the first half of next year, noting that “if colleagues are interested in this and make the certification faster, then we can start deliveries much earlier.”
On November 16, the German regulator suspended the certification of Nord Stream 2 AG as an independent operator of SP-2. The procedure can be continued when a subsidiary company for the German part of the pipeline is created in Germany. The German Ministry of Energy called the suspension of certification a regulatory issue and an intermediate stage in this procedure, adding that this will not affect the energy supply of Germany.
The construction of SP-2 was completed on September 10. It was built from Russia to Germany along the Baltic seabed with the aim of direct gas supplies to Europe. The EU countries mainly support the project and participate in its implementation. The Baltic states, Poland, the USA and Ukraine are opposed.