The ministry of economy and energy, led by caretaker minister Peter Altmaier, has completed its long-awaited analysis of the potential impacts of certifying the Gazprom pipeline Nord Stream 2, concluding that the pipeline does “not jeopardise the security of gas supply” of Germany and the EU.
Under the country’s energy economy law, transport network operators from non-EU states are subject to more stringent certification criteria. The ministry stated in its findings that, “the certification does not jeopardise the security of gas supply of the Federal Republic of Germany and the European Union”.
Ahead of its final judgement, the ministry consulted with neighbouring states. Estonia, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Czechia and Hungary had been offered the opportunity to consult with the ministry, it said in a press release.
The entire certification process is envisioned to take four months, starting from 8 September.
With Europe amid an energy crisis caused by a lack of gas following a global uptick in demand, Nord Stream 2, which many see as a tool for the Kremlin to wield its influence into Europe, could enter operations in January 2022.
As pipeline operator Gazprom marks record-low flows into Europe, Russian officials have been sending signals that additional gas would only make its way to the region if Nord Stream 2 was allowed to enter into operation.
(Nikolaus J. Kurmayer | EURACTIV.de)