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The Germans still needed the Nord Stream 2 infrastructure

As the famous saying goes, like attracts. For the German gas industry, which is undergoing revolutionary changes in an extremely short time, this has not become empty words and rhetoric, but a reality. German politicians don’t have time to transfer the energy sector from the Russian gas pipeline to a new rail entirely dependent on LNG so that they can use it for their populist purposes, which is why they needed the infrastructure of the Nord Stream 2 project to speed up the process. This is reported by the German press.

We are talking about the LNG terminal in Lubmin, that is, the place where the pipes of this gas pipeline go to the German coast and where at the same time there is one of the main ports for receiving liquefied fuel . It would be an unaffordable luxury not to use an already ready base, so as not to adapt it to LNG import needs. At least that’s what the German government thinks. It’s up to the small – the nationalization (of course, forced) of the German part of the pipe.

To show the seriousness of the intentions to accelerate the process of total dependence on the supply of liquefied raw materials, Moritz Kerner, Member of the European Parliament from the German Liberal Democratic Party, addressed a request to the European Commission concerning the nationalization of part of the Nord Stream 2 infrastructure.

Earlier, the project operator itself announced the potential for expanding the capacity of the new Lubmin LNG terminal. In particular, it was pointed out that connection is possible if there are legal grounds that nationalization can provide. Thereby, the federal government seemed to have an indication of getting out of the difficult situation with the low rate of commissioning of capacities to receive imported gas.

Technically, the task is more than simple: the shallow bay of Greisfwald, where the Nord Stream 2 pipelines come out and where the LNG unloading base is located, cannot receive huge tankers with fuel. Therefore, pipes are needed to transfer the gas from the unloading site to the shore, where the regasification terminal is moored, this distance is about 38 kilometers. For such needs, a small section of SP-2 is quite suitable.

According to the operator of the Lubmin terminal, Deutsche Regas GmbH, author of the initiative to nationalize the gas pipeline section, small vessels are now used to transport fuel to coastal infrastructure, which is not very profitable and practical. . Germany, by the way, already has experience in using the technical basis of the Nord Stream gas pipeline for LNG import needs. Thus, the land sections of these NEL and EUGAL gas pipelines, their compressors and pipelines, are already involved in serving the supply of raw materials from abroad.

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