Resembling a Monty Python sketch, Berlin officials still insist new Nord Stream 2 pipeline is ‘not certified’, refusing to back down and switch on the 55bcm of Gas while going bankrupt for lack of gas.
Germany will not use the new alternative pipeline to ship natural gas from Russia, Nord Stream 2, even though its usual route, Nord Stream 1, is shut down for maintenance, the country’s government reiterated on Monday.
“Nord Stream 2 is not certified, it does not have a legal permit for operation. This issue is not relevant,” Beate Baron, the representative of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, declared.
Of course the government could just write a certificate today.
The announcement comes as Gazprom ‘upped the ante’ in the gas dispute by declaring force majeure on EU gas flow via Nord Stream 1, citing “extraordinary” circumstances outside its control.
That pipeline is currently closed for maintenance until Thursday. There is rising concern in Germany, however, that Gazprom will not resume supply when the works are complete.
German politicians have united in raging economic war hysteria against Russia, leading no less than 7 rounds of deep and unprecedented illegal punitive sanctions, for its intervention war to protect ethnic Russians in Ukraine.
In addition politicians have gifted billions of euros worth of often advanced weaponry to Ukraine, ensuring a long and bloody war. Until now Russia had committed about 20% of its armed forces, and excluding conscripts and reservists.
German led economic war against Russian oil and gas has ignored their own dependence on these commodities and could spell economic suicide.
The Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which runs from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea, has the capacity to transport 55 billion cubic meters of gas annually and its construction was completed last September.
However, the certification process was repeatedly delayed due to opposition from the US and a Russophobic campaign in Europe over energy dependence on Russia.
In February, prior to the launch of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, German authorities finally denied the pipeline’s certification and the project was halted indefinitely.
Berlin is now reportedly considering repurposing parts of the unused pipeline for an LNG terminal to import expensive and highly methane leaking frack-gas from the USA.
Gazprom’s CEO Alexey Miller said last month that the pipeline is ready to be switched on and could start pumping gas to Germany any time.