Ukrainian oil company Naftohaz has applied to the German regulator to participate in the certification process of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Naftohaz head Yuriy Vitrenko said on Monday. He assessed that NS2 cannot be certified because it does not meet the requirements of European law.
Naftohaz, as a state enterprise “at the forefront of the fight for Ukraine’s energy security”, has applied for participation in the NS2 operator’s certification process with the German regulator, Vitrenko said at a press conference on Monday. His statement is quoted by Interfax-Ukraine agency.
– Our fundamental position is that Nord Stream 2 cannot be certified, as its full compliance with European law is not guaranteed,” he said. He estimated that NS2 certification would harm competition on European markets.
– I would like to emphasize – it is not only a question of Ukraine as a transit country suffering from the fact that Russia uses gas as an energy weapon. We stress that there are big risks for the security of Ukraine and for the security of the region,” said Vitrenko.
Nord Stream 2 should be certified by the German regulator. The government daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta predicted that the decision on the certification will be made on January 8, 2022.
On Monday, the pipeline operator, Nord Stream 2 AG, said that the first line of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has been filled with technical gas and the pressure in this part of the pipeline is sufficient to start transporting crude.