The gas pipeline project is the doubling of a single pipeline from a single source, instead of creating multiple routes from multiple sources throughout the territory, says US Deputy Secretary of state for energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall.
BRUSSELS, 31 Mar. Alexander Shishlo. The project of the gas pipeline “Nord stream-2” will not increase the energy security of the European Union, says Deputy Secretary of energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall.
“This doubling of a single pipeline from a single source, instead of creating multiple routes from multiple sources throughout this site does not constitute an increase in energy security of Europe. And of course, this also deprives Ukraine is a very important transit fees, which are significant from the point of view of the fiscal problems of Ukraine,” she said in an interview with the news portal EurActiv.
Earlier in March, the media reported that the Prime Ministers of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia, Romania and the President of Lithuania signed a letter to the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, speaking against the implementation of the project of the gas pipeline “Nord stream-2”. In their view, the project carries risks geopolitical destabilization. At the end of last year, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia have sent to Brussels a letter critical of the project, also stating that it can strengthen Europe’s dependence on gas from Russia, to weaken the energy security of Central Europe and the EU, lead to further destabilization of the situation in Ukraine.
The project “Northern stream-2” involves the construction of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the coast of the Russian Federation through the Baltic sea to Germany. Gazprom will own 50%, BASF, E. ON, Engie, OMV, Shell — 10% in the project. The new pipeline is planned to be built close to the “Nord stream-1”. Against the project actively supports Ukraine, which if implemented will lose its role as a Transporter of Russian gas to Europe.