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Nord Stream 2 pipeline between Germany and Russia

  • Posted By
    10Pointer
  • Categories
    World Affairs
  • Published
    9th Feb, 2021

Context

The consortium behind the Russia-led Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline has resumed laying pipes in the waters of Denmark, despite mounting pressure on the project from Washington.

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline

  • The 1,200 km pipeline will run from Ust-Lugain Russia to Greifswald in Germany.
  • It will carry 55 billion cubic metres of gas per year to Germany.
  • The under-construction pipeline will run along the already-completed Nord Stream 1 system.

Why the pipeline is controversial?

  • Nord Stream 2 has drawn criticism from the US, it believe that the project would increase Europe’s dependence on Russia for natural gas.
  • Currently, EU countries already rely on Russia for 40% of their gas needs.
  • There is an existing land pipeline between Russia and Europe that runs through Ukraine, which feels that once Nord Storm 2 is completed, Russia could bypass the Ukrainian pipeline, and deprive the country of lucrative transit fees.