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Ministry of Economy of Germany plans to nationalize part of the Nord Stream – 2 | News from Germany about Germany | DW

German section of the gas pipeline “Nord Stream – 2” can be repurposed to connect to a floating LNG terminal in the Baltic Sea. Such plans are being studied by the German Ministry of Economics, the German weekly Der Spiegel reported on Friday, June 24.

According to the plans, the section of the gas pipeline laid on German territory may be nationalized and disconnected from the rest of SP-2. A pipe leading from the shore to the sea connected to a floating LNG terminal. According to the publication, officials of the Ministry of Economy discussed this issue at a meeting with representatives of the Nord Stream 2 concern. The advantage of such a plan is that the gas pipeline is connected on the coast of Germany to a first-class distribution network with compressor stations and pipelines that can directly transport natural gas to the south of the country .

Lifting and disconnecting the gas pipeline is not technically difficult, Der Spiegel says, but it could pose environmental problems, according to experts. The gas pipeline is laid in a nature protection zone, so any work to change it will automatically lead to the need to conduct an environmental impact assessment.

The Kremlin does not comment on reports of the possible nationalization of SP-2

In Berlin, as the newspaper writes, citing sources in industrial circles, they are afraid of retaliatory measures by the Putin regime, for example, the expropriation of German companies in the Russian Federation. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov on Friday declined to comment on the message of Der Spiegel, saying that there was no point in “engaging in hypothetical reasoning.” According to him, this “publication cannot be the basis for any responsible statements.”

The Ministry of Economy of Germany also refused to comment on these plans, although they did not refute them. “We are looking for suitable locations for the LNG terminal, and the issue of infrastructure plays a significant role,” the ministry said in response to a request from the weekly.

Nord Stream 2 was never put into operation

The construction of a 1,234 km gas pipeline between Russian Ust-Luga and German Greifswald began in 2018. According to Gazprom, at the moment both lines of the pipeline are filled with gas and are ready for operation.

Following Russia’s recognition of the sovereignty of the so-called “Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics,” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that the German government suspends project certification “Nord Stream – 2”.

And after the start of Russia’s armed aggression against Ukraine, Germany announced its intention to get rid of its energy dependence on Russia as soon as possible. In addition, the issue of an embargo on imports of fossil fuels from the Russian Federation is currently being discussed at the EU level.

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