Energetyka24: Putin, with the help of Lukashenka, will commission Nord Stream 2 ahead of time


President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has threatened to "turn off the gas tap" if the European Union introduces new sanctions against Minsk. Therefore, it is interesting to know if there will be a new gas war, writes the Polish edition Energetyka24.


The energy crisis, based on Moscow's actions, began to escalate in August, when the media reported that the UGS facilities leased by Gazprom in the EU were only 18% full, and raw materials were being squeezed out of them to meet the needs of consumers.

- says the publication.

It is noted that in August 2019, the occupancy rate of these facilities was about 90%. Several weeks before the start of the new heating season, UGS facilities in Europe were empty. This was a clear psychological signal for the markets, which nervously reacted with the soaring prices for "blue fuel".

Since the beginning of 2021, Gazprom has not built additional capacities on gas pipelines transporting gas to the West. Such actions cannot be explained with economic points of view. In theory, the Russians should be very interested in selling additional volumes of gas and listing their raw materials on European exchanges at record prices, since the profit from this is especially high. However, the Kremlin acted differently through its company.

The Russians saw two main advantages in the current situation. First, artificially high gas prices make it possible to maintain the legend about the need for the Nord Stream 2 project. Second, the Kremlin wants to convince as many EU countries as possible to conclude long-term gas supply contracts.

After that, the migration crisis broke out, when thousands of refugees began to storm the Polish-Belarusian border, trying to get into the EU. This crisis opened up new prospects for Moscow. Prices for energy raw materials may rise even more. In addition, Russian President Vladimir Putin will be able to evade responsibility and place all the blame on the “Belarusian regime”.

Moreover, the Russians have one more argument in favor of the SP-2 project. The Russian Federation can point to the instability of the current routes for transporting raw materials to the EU and the need to bypass problem countries. So Putin, with the help of Lukashenka, will put the “problem” pipeline into operation ahead of time. Russia has shown long ago that it can use its energy resources to achieve political goals, summed up the media.
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  1. Oleg Valevsky Offline Oleg Valevsky
    Oleg Valevsky 16 November 2021 16: 04
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    Putin, with the help of Lukashenko, will put the “problem” pipeline into operation ahead of time.

    Yeah .. That's right ...
    Judging by the latest news:

    ..Germany suspends Nord Stream 2 certification
    The documents will have to be submitted again.
  2. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 16 November 2021 17: 45
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    Since the beginning of 2021, Gazprom has not built additional capacities on gas pipelines transporting gas to the West. Such actions cannot be explained from an economic point of view.

    - Personally, I already wrote that Russia just needed to start a gas line to Kaliningrad and build several very large gas storage facilities (UGS) there ... - - This "safety reserve of gas" - on Russian territory - could always be very strong come in handy ... - If something happens - Kaliningrad could start trading Russian gas on its own ... - Suddenly Zap Europe will "disintegrate" into even more states - and customers will remain (just kidding) ...

    In theory, the Russians should be very interested in selling additional volumes of gas and listing their raw materials on European exchanges at record prices, since the profit from this is especially high. However, the Kremlin acted differently through its company.

    - Well, yes ... - The Kremlin took and abandoned the "additional profit" - "in favor of the poor" ... - But the "poor" - they just took advantage of everything ...

    The Russians saw two main advantages in the current situation. First, artificially high gas prices make it possible to maintain the legend about the need for the Nord Stream 2 project. Second, the Kremlin wants to convince as many EU countries as possible to conclude long-term gas supply contracts.

    - Yes, the "stockbrokers" themselves created the legend that - allegedly Russia "wants to leave Europe with gas supplies" - and thus inflated the price of gas ... - and made very good money at the same time ...
    - And they "need" the SP-2 project itself "- here they don't really need it ... - this" need "here is not at all in business ...
    - And it turns out that otherwise - if the price of gas suddenly falls - then "according to the logic of things" - these same "stockbrokers" will start (should in this case) - demand to close the joint venture-2; to "play" already "to lower the price" of Russian gas ...
    - It turns out that this is exactly how it should be ...
    - Well, as for Gazprom itself ... - then he himself (as always) - "they married without him" ...