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The first Nord Stream 2 string is ready to transport fuel

The first Nord Stream 2 string was filled with technical gas. Photo: nord-stream2.com

The first Nord Stream 2 string was filled with technical gas. Photo: nord-stream2.com

The gas-in procedure for the first string of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has been completed. The previous stages of the second string commissioning are ongoing.

The operator company Nord Stream 2 AG stated this in its report.

According to the plan and in accordance with the design requirements, the string is filled with so-called technical gas in the amount of about 177 million cubic meters, providing a pressure of 103 bar in the pipeline. It is noted that this pressure is sufficient to start transporting gas in the future.

Additionally. To start gas supplies via Nord Stream 2, Russians still need to be certified as an independent operator of the transmission system. The German Federal Network Agency got an application for this certification from Nord Stream 2 on 13 September. It is expected to be considered within 4 months. Then the draft decision will be sent to the European Commission to study. Its conclusion should be ready after another two or four months.

Context. Russia planned to complete the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline at the end of 2019. However, its completion was hampered by US sanctions.

In June 2021, Russia launched individual parts of the project in test mode.

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