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With Washington considering sanctions against the new gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, the European Commission also decided to take a closer look at the second gas pipeline project linking Germany with Russia. Despite enthusiasm in Berlin, other EU countries are trying to prevent the implementation of the project.
An agreement on Nord Stream 2, involving the expansion of the original Nord Stream gas pipeline, was signed in early September 2014, during the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia. Nord Stream 2 is slated to become operational before the end of 2019.
The Nord Stream 2 project presumes the construction of two gas pipelines with a combined annual capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas.
The new 1,200-km pipeline is planned to be laid along the Nord Stream pipeline route from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to a hub in Germany. Shell, Engie, OMV, Uniper and Wintershall are the Russian giant Gazprom's partners in implementing the project.
2017.07.08 / 20:38