The contractor has named the date of commencement of construction of the Nord stream-2

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The operator of project Nord Stream AG 2 reported that the launch of construction of Nord stream-2 is planned for 2018

The beginning of works on construction of gas pipeline Nord stream-2 is planned for 2018. About it on March 11, reported the press service of the operator of project Nord Stream AG, 2.

The company confirmed the completion of the international tender for the supply of high-quality steel pipes for the construction of two pipelines, according to which the supply pipes will begin in September this year.

"Start of construction of Nord stream-2 is planned for 2018," - said in the message.

Earlier, the head PJSC Gazprom Alexey Miller said that the gas pipeline project implemented on schedule before the end of 2019, and pipe-laying will begin in 2017.

Recall that the Nord stream-2 - this is an advanced project of gas pipeline Nord stream from Russia to Germany under the Baltic sea, with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

It was planned that the project will be engaged in a joint venture company (SPC) New European Pipeline AG. The SPC Gazprom will belong 51%, the German E. ON and BASF/Wintershall, Anglo - Dutch Shell and Austria's OMV - 10% each, French ENGIE - 9%.

See also: Nord stream-2: media or real project of Gazprom?

The project Nord stream-2 is created after closing the gas pipeline project South stream, which was supposed to deliver Russian gas to southern Europe bypassing Ukraine. After the European Commission blocked it, Russia has designed another project in the pipeline Turkish stream. But he also fell due to the deterioration of relations between Turkey and the Russian Federation.

In January, the Secretariat of the Energy community, whose member is Ukraine, had sent the European Commission a complaint NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine regarding the planned Russian gas pipeline Nord stream-2, as violating the European legislation.

Previously Vice-President of the European Commission on Energy Union Maros Sefcovic stated that the construction of the gas pipeline Nord stream 2 is not in the interests of the EU. According to him, the EU will support only those projects that do not contradict the basic principles of the Energy Union.

Besides Ukraine, against the project are Poland, Italy, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia.

At the end of 2015 the representatives of these countries also appealed to the European Commission criticized the draft. They said that its construction could strengthen Europe's dependence on Russian gas, to weaken the energy security of Central Europe and the EU and lead to further destabilization of the situation in Ukraine.

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