The German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) has received documents for certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as an independent gas transmission operator, which will take up to four months to review the documents and make a decision, the agency's press secretary Fiete Wulff told Interfax.
“The company has submitted all the documents, according to the law, we have up to four months for consideration and adoption of a decision, then the decision must be submitted to the European Commission,” Wulff said.
According to him, we are not talking about the launch of the gas pipeline, only about its certification and compliance with the EU gas directive. Failure to obtain a Bundesnetzagentur certificate during the commissioning of the gas pipeline may result in fines. The decision to put the gas pipeline into operation is taken by other departments.
To recap, on September 10, Gazprom announced that the construction of Nord Stream 2 was fully completed.