MOSCOW, 15 Sep — PRIME. The Power of Siberia 2 gas pipeline, designed to supply gas to China, can actually become a replacement for Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said.
“Well, actually, yes,” Novak answered the question whether the Power of Siberia 2 gas pipeline could become a replacement for Nord Stream 2, given their similar capacities, speaking on the Rossiya 1 TV channel.
Earlier Thursday, Novak said that a final agreement with China on the Power of Siberia 2 gas pipeline is expected in the near future, the volume of deliveries will be 50 billion cubic meters of gas per year. Gazprom says that China is increasing applications for gas deliveries via the Power of Siberia, in September they regularly go beyond daily contracts.
The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas stretches from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. Its construction was fully completed in September 2021, and work was underway on the launch, which included both technical measures and obtaining regulatory approvals, primarily from the German authorities. However, the German government, after Russia recognized the sovereignty of the DNR and LNR in February, stopped the certification. German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock said that “the project is actually frozen.”