Eurogas: “Nord stream” supports a common EU energy policy

WASHINGTON, Oct 24. The project “Northern stream” does not contradict, but supports a unified energy policy of the European Union, because the “blue fuel”, coming to Germany can be delivered to Eastern Europe at competitive prices, said the President of Eurogas, the Association Gertjan Lankhorst (Gertjan Lankhorst).

“As strange as it might sound, direct gas deliveries from Russia to Germany under the Baltic sea do not contradict common EU energy policy, and support it. The gas that comes to Germany through Ukraine, Belarus or other countries, falls to Germany — a country with high competence, free market. The gas can be supplied at competitive prices, including, and in Eastern Europe,” he said.

“Northern stream” (Nord Stream, formerly the North European gas pipeline) — a gas pipeline between Russia and Germany laid along the bottom of the Baltic sea. The project involves Russia, Germany, the Netherlands and France. Currently deliveries are conducted by two strings, open in 2011-2012. In June this year a Memorandum was signed about the construction of another two lines (“Northern stream — 2”). In addition to Gazprom and will comprise E. On, Shell, OMV.

Opposition to the project were transit countries for Russian gas and the Baltic countries. Former Prime Minister of Latvia, Aigars Kalvitis, believes that the project “does not meet common EU energy policy”. Similar statements were made by the Polish authorities.

Eurogas is the Association, which includes 44 gas companies from 24 countries. The Association oversees the work of the gas market and is intended to strengthen the role of the “blue fuel” in the energy security of the European Union by establishing a permanent dialogue with European industry players, global manufacturers of gas and relevant institutions such as the European Commission.