The first string of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline gas-in procedure was completed successfully as of Monday, October 18, 2021, a press release published by Nord Stream 2 stated.
According to the press release, the pipe is filled with 177 million m3 of technical gas, exerting 103-bar pressure in the pipeline in line with the system’s design and plan.
According to Nord Stream 2, the pressure of 103 bar exerted in the pipeline is enough to start future gas transportation. Currently, the pre-commissioning procedure for the second string of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is ongoing, and Nord Stream 2 will inform about further technical steps in due time.
Nord Stream two is one of the world’s largest pipelines through the Baltic Sea, transporting natural gas from the world’s largest gas reserves in Russia, covering 1230 km via the most efficient route to deliver gas to customers in Europe.
The pipeline will greatly follow the concept and route of the highly successful Nord Stream Pipeline.
According to its technical specification, the twine pipeline will deliver up to 55 billion cubic metres of natural gas to Europe annually, sufficient to supply 26 million households in Europe.
Due to the low CO2 emission and secure gas supply by the twin pipeline, the new gas pipeline will help Europe in not only having sufficient climate-friendly energy to substitute coal in power generation stations but also providing back-up for the intermittent renewable power sources such as solar and wind power.
Despite the pipe welding work having been completed on Septenber 6, the start of transmission of natural gas to the European market will depend on the German Gas regulator tasked with the project’s approval and certification.
However, Gazprom still hopes to start the commercial gas transmission towards the end of the year.