The German regulator allowed Naftogaz Ukrainy and the Ukrainian GTS Operator to certify the Nord Stream 2 operator

“The national company welcomes this decision, because now the regulator must take into account our position and arguments in the certification process. This will also provide an opportunity to learn about the arguments Nord Stream AG, which will mean more transparency in the process. This is important, because it is BNetzA that will finally determine whether the Nord Stream 2 pipeline will be put into operation and under what conditions, “Vitrenko said.

According to him, the Ukrainian company is ready to submit its legal position to the regulator in the near future.

“It is based on the fact that Nord Stream 2 cannot be certified without its full compliance with European and international legislation. Naftogaz is a member of the European market, we buy significant volumes of gas on the European market. Therefore, we are interested in this market being competitive. Dominant position of Gazprom at launch Nord Stream 2, contrary to the requirements of European legislation, poses a threat to competition in the markets of Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Austria and other European countries, and the regulator must take this influence into account, “he said.

Vitrenko recalled that according to the requirements of European energy legislation, the operator Nord Stream 2 should be completely separated and independent from Gazprom, and third parties should have access to this gas pipeline “not only in its last kilometers, but along the entire pipeline – from the starting point in Russia to the final point in Germany.”

“At the same time, given the decision of the European Court of Justice in the OPAL gas pipeline case, the German regulator is obliged to take into account the impact Nord Stream 2 aims to compete in the gas market and in other European countries. That is, in addition to access to the entire length Nord Stream 2, the same principle should be applied to other gas pipelines through which Russian gas is transported to Europe, including through the Ukrainian gas transportation system. That is, European companies must receive gas on the eastern border of Ukraine and independently decide how to transport and store it, “said the head of Naftogaz.

According to him, in accordance with the law, BNetzA can make certification decisions Nord Stream 2 until January 8, 2022.

“And we hope that our arguments in this process will be heard and taken into account,” Vitrenko said.

Head of the “Operator of the gas transmission system of Ukraine” Serhiy Makogon stated on Facebook that OGTSU was also allowed to certify Nord Stream 2.

“The German regulator emphasized that OGTSU has a separate role as a company with unique expertise in gas transportation to the EU. We have strong arguments – both technical and political – that should put an end to Russian speculations on the European gas market. We are trying prevent the energy isolation of Ukraine, “he said.


Construction of Nord Stream 2 fully completed… On November 8, 2021, Gazprom announced that the pipeline ready to launch.

The authorities of Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia consider the pipeline a threat to energy security Europe.

Joe Biden’s administration spoke against the construction of a gas pipeline, however, at the end of May 2021, the head of the White House called it “counterproductive” from the point of view of relations with Europe, the introduction of new sanctions against Nord Stream 2, since the gas pipeline is “practically finished.”

Germany and the United States announced on July 21, 2021 that they have concluded agreement on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which should connect Germany and the Russian Federation along the bottom of the Baltic Sea, bypassing Ukraine. Germany promised to apply national sanctions against Russia and call for effective EU measures if Russia continues to use gas as a an instrument of pressure on other countries or “will commit further aggressive actions against Ukraine.”

“Operator of the gas transportation system of Ukraine” reportedthat Nord Stream 2 AG, which is 100% owned by Russia’s Gazprom, applied for certification as an independent operator of the Nord Stream 2 transmission system on September 8 to the Federal Network Agency of the Federal Republic of Germany.

“German Wave” reported that a preliminary decision on Nord Stream 2 should be made by the Federal Network Agency of Germany, and then the European Commission will have to express its position on the gas pipeline. In addition to the stipulated two months to draw up a conclusion, the European Commission can take another two months if it needs additional information.

After the Federal Network Agency of Germany receives the conclusion of the European Commission, it will have another two months to make a final decision. As a result, the certification process for Nord Stream 2 may take 8-10 months.

The Ukrainian authorities believe that the Russian Federation has already begun use Nord Stream 2 as a weapon Russia restricts gas exports to Europe in order to raise prices, create an energy crisis and justify the launch of a gas pipeline that undergoing certification.


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