The decision to certify the Nord Stream 2 (SP-2) gas pipeline will not depend on whether Ukraine participates in the relevant process or not. This opinion was expressed to Izvestia on Monday, October 18, by the director of the Energy Development Fund and energy expert Sergei Pikin.
Poland, as the expert pointed out, is already a participant in the certification of the gas pipeline and its position is clear in advance, as is the position of the Ukrainians.
“There is already someone to hinder, there are Poles. They are already present in this certification system, therefore, you know, more or less, more people will catch up – this will not change the decision either. The Germans, according to certain criteria, will make this decision, and not because two Baba Yagas will be against, relatively speaking, instead of one, ”he said.
Pikin noted that companies are involved in the certification procedure not in order to get some new solution, but in order not to say in the future that they did not participate in this procedure.
Earlier that day, it was reported that Naftogaz of Ukraine had registered an application for participation in the certification of the Nord Stream 2 operator. The company clarified that the Ukrainian side still believes that there are risks for it due to the launch of the gas pipeline. The head of the company, Yuriy Vitrenko, indicated the intention to send objections to the German regulator regarding the certification procedure.
Bundestag deputy from the Alternative for Germany party Waldemar Gerdt told Izvestia on Monday that the SP-2 could be commissioned by the end of 2021.
On October 18, the pipeline operator, Nord Stream 2 AG, announced that the first string of the pipeline was filled with technical gas. As Aleksandr Frolov, Deputy Director General of the Institute of National Energy, explained to Izvestia, this procedure is a purely technical and a kind of final stage, since, after the pipeline is completed, it must be cleaned, dried and filled with gas to check its operation under pressure. The specified manipulations, as the expert emphasized, precede the commissioning of the gas pipeline.
The construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was completed on 10 September. It was built from Russia to Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea for the purpose of direct gas supplies to Europe without transit through the territories of other countries.
The EU countries mainly support the project and participate in its implementation. The Baltic states, Poland, the USA and Ukraine are opposed.