Russia Urges Germany to Expedite Nord Stream 2 Certification

MOSCOW (Reuters) — Russia's representative to the European Union urged the German authorities on Tuesday to certify the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline ahead of the Feb. 8 deadline, the RIA news agency reported on Tuesday.

RIA quoted representative Vladimir Chizhov as saying that such a move would benefit European consumers. 

The pipeline, funded by Kremlin-owned energy giant Gazprom and its European partners, is expected to gain certification from a German regulator to begin commercial sales of natural gas, though the approval process could take several months.

About 177 million cubic meters of technical gas, needed to maintain pressure in the pipeline for future gas sales, has been pumped into the pipeline as of Monday, reaching a pressure of 103 bar.

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