MOSCOW, February 14 – RIA Novosti. The joint venture created by Gazprom has already sold more than 95% of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, said Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak in the Actors with Naila Asker-zade program on the Russia 1 TV channel.
“And we are confident that, despite the destructive approaches that we observe from the United States of America, which <...> are delaying the implementation of this project, it will be completed,” added the Deputy Prime Minister.
Novak recalled that Nord Stream 2 is a commercial project being implemented by foreign companies together with Gazprom. Their interest in completing the construction and the legality of such works exclude the risk of not using the highway.
He explained that there is “competition from American partners” who are promoting their liquefied natural gas to Europe. These are non-market methods of competition, Novak said.
“And if we talk about legislation, the legal side of the issue, this project is absolutely legal, meets all the requirements of European legislation, therefore, the countries that participate in it are interested in the implementation of this project,” he concluded.
“Nord Stream – 2”
Nord Stream 2 envisages the construction of two trunk lines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. It will also pass through the territorial or exclusive economic zones of Finland, Sweden and Denmark. The project is being implemented by Nord Stream 2 AG with the sole shareholder – Gazprom. European partners – Royal Dutch Shell, OMV, Engie, Uniper and Wintershall – financed half of the construction, up to € 950 million each.
The United States is actively opposed to the project, which has repeatedly introduced economic restrictions against Nord Stream 2. Despite this, construction work is nearing completion: on February 6, the Fortuna vessel started laying a 120-kilometer section in Danish waters, after which the last section of 28 kilometers will remain in German waters.