Gazprom wants to launch the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline on October 1

The Russian company Gazprom plans to start supplying natural gas via the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline through the first section of the line to Germany from October 1, Bloomberg reports, citing sources familiar with the company's plans, Evropeyska Pravda reports.

The timing of actual flows into the European gas network will still depend on the decision of the German regulator.

The pipeline approached the start of production this week when its owner said the last pipe of the second line had been welded and should be lowered to the seabed. The next step will be to connect the Danish and German sections before commissioning.

Gazprom is targeting gas flow through both lines under the Baltic Sea until December 1, the sources said. The company has already announced that this year the pipeline will be able to carry 5.6 billion cubic meters of fuel.

Of course, Nord Stream 2 still needs technical certification and insurance, which can be challenging due to the US sanctions imposed last year. The operator also requires prior approval from the German regulator, which is currently reviewing Nord Stream 2's application for the status of an independent transmission system operator.

Tags: Gazprom, Nord Stream 2, USA, GTS, RF, sanctions, pipeline, Germany, gas supplies, energy sector, energy security

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