Photo: Landfall facilities in Russia in September 2021. Source: Nord Stream 2 / Nikolai Ryutin.

Gas filling underway at second Nord Stream 2 string

The gas-in procedure for the second string of the Nord Stream 2 began on 17 December, according to the project update.

Like the first string, the second string will be gradually filled with gas to build the required inventory and pressure.

The gas-in procedure began after pre-commissioning activities on the second string, conducted to assure the pipeline integrity. Nord Stream 2 said it would inform about further technical steps in due time.

To remind, the gas-in procedure for the first string of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline was completed in October.

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The $11 billion-worth Nord Stream 2 is designed as two parallel 48-inch lines, some 1,200 kilometers long, each starting southwest of St. Petersburg and ending at the German coast at Greifswald.

The project will have the capacity to transport 55 billion cubic meters of Russian gas a year to the EU for at least 50 years.

On 10 September, Russian gas company Gazprom announced that the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline had been fully completed.

During its construction, the project faced resistance by the U.S. which stated that it will increase Russia’s influence and leverage over Europe and that bypassing Ukraine will deprive it of lucrative transit fees.

In February, U.S. oilfield services provider Baker Hughes, AXA Group, and 16 other companies abandoned work on the project.

The U.S. State Department shortly after reiterated its warning that any entity involved in the offshore pipeline project risks U.S. sanctions and should immediately abandon its work.

Recently, Polish news outlet PAP reported the former president of the European Council Donald Tusk as saying that the decision to build the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was the biggest mistake of Germany’s former Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“From the point of view of the interests of the European Union, Nord Stream 2 is a bad project,” Tusk said, adding that Merkel had admitted this in a conversation but was helpless in the face of the lobbying force of German entrepreneurs.