It was announced to journalists by the Head of the Russian gas holding Alexey Miller on the basis of tripartite negotiations between Russia, Ukraine and the EU on gas, the Russian TASS news agency reported.
“The work is hand on schedule, over 20% of this new offshore gas pipeline has already been built”, Miller said.
Two branches of the Nord Stream 2 should be built before the end of 2019. They will pass from the coast of Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The total capacity of the pipeline is 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year. Earlier it was reported that the Nord Stream in 2018 transferred a record amount of gas to Europe - 51 billion cubic meters. Its maximum throughput is also 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year.
On the same day after the negotiations, the Vice President of the European Commission, Maros Sefcovich, noted that progress had begun towards amending legislation that would complicate the construction of the Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2.
Opponents of the project – Poland, the Baltic countries, Ukraine and the United States – states that Nord Stream 2 will increase the EU’s dependence on “Gazprom”, which already supplies about a third of the gas to the EU.