January 2020, Vol. 247, No. 1

Projects

Germany Makes Legal Changes to Ease Nord Stream 2 Completion

Germany’s parliament approved changes to the law governing the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to make it compliant with European Union regulations, removing a hurdle to completion of the Russia-led project.  The legal tweaks approved by the Bundestag lower house relate to EU rules signed off in February that stipulate import pipelines should not be owned by gas suppliers and that third parties should also be able to use them. The 1,225-km (760-mile) pipeline under the Baltic Sea is fully owned by Russia’s state-owned Gazprom. Germany sees it as a primarily commercial project that is essential to energy security. But Eastern European, Nordic and Baltic

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