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Nord Stream 2 Will Double German Gas Imports From Russia

February 9, 2020
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By Paul Homewood


While the government threatens to turn off our gas supplies, it is worth remembering what the Germans are doing!

 Infographic showing gas pipelines in Europe



The new Nord Stream 2 pipeline, financed by Gazprom and five western companies five western companies, ENGIE, OMV, Royal Dutch Shell, Uniper and Wintershall, will soon be able to double the volume of gas Germany imports from Russia, currently around 40% of total German gas consumption.


BP Energy Review 2019


Although gas production in the Netherlands is declining, it seems probable that imports from Norway will continue at that level for the foreseeable future.

Everything therefore points to German imports and consumption of natural gas increasing as the new pipeline comes on stream, in stark contrast to this country.

I am equally sure that the major investors in this project would not have put their money up without legally binding guarantees from the German government.

  1. Joe Public permalink
    February 9, 2020 2:27 pm

    Paul – your link is to a 14.07.2018 article.

    Stream2 contractors face US sanctions.

    President Donald Trump has signed a law that will impose sanctions on any firm that helps Russia’s state-owned gas company, Gazprom, finish a pipeline into the European Union.
    The sanctions target firms building Nord Stream 2, an undersea pipeline that will allow Russia to increase gas exports to Germany.

    The US considers the project a security risk to Europe.

    Both Russia and the EU have strongly condemned the US sanctions.

    Nord Stream2’s news page is suspiciously quiet on current progress.

    For info each of existing Nord Stream and in-construction Nord Stream2 is capable of delivering 55 billion m^3 per year. 605 TWh per year / 69GW

  2. February 9, 2020 3:32 pm

    So much for the energy transition to renewables. In reality the only serious option to replace German coal and nuclear is gas.

  3. Steve permalink
    February 9, 2020 4:42 pm

    There was a story on BBC News last week from China. It showed a farmer in the northern province with a newly installed gas combi which was to replace her coal stove. They had moved the coal boiler outside as it was cheaper to run. China is opening coal mines and new gas mains using the Siberian pipeline while Boris is ordering us to scrap ours. He needs to get a new girlfriend who reads Paul’s blog.

  4. markl permalink
    February 9, 2020 6:40 pm

    I can’t figure out how the UK got suckered into being the poster nation for getting rid of fossil fuels and continues to follow that path despite the economic damage and reluctance of other nations to do the same (although they claim to).

    • Gerry, England permalink
      February 10, 2020 1:43 pm

      Because our politicians are stupider than theirs?

  5. Gamecock permalink
    February 9, 2020 8:50 pm

    Not to worry. Russia guarantees they won’t mess with deliveries of gas to the West for political reasons.

    I think it’s called the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.

  6. dennisambler permalink
    February 10, 2020 1:40 pm

    Welsh Assembly Chief Minister, Labour’s Mark Drakeford, was on the news last week at a new housing development. In spite of a major gas infrastucture pipeline across Wales only a few years ago, this development will have no gas connection. It will be “powered” by solar, (in Wales!) and ground source heat pumps.

    However, Wales is “tackling climate change”. Welsh emissions in 2017, 27 million tonnes PER YEAR. Chinese emissions in 2019, 28 million tonnes PER DAY. As they say, do the maths.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      February 10, 2020 1:50 pm

      As part of the energy assessment there should be an indication of the costs. I think some of the sites like Zoopla do give an indication of what it would cost at properties. If it is truthful they might find themselves struggling to sell the houses to other than woke snowflake virtue-signallers. I read through the energy report for my house and then threw it away.

  7. dennisambler permalink
    February 10, 2020 1:48 pm

    I forgot to add, it will cost some £6000 more per house, in order to save the planet.

  8. February 12, 2020 11:06 pm

    NS2 will not only bring a lot more gas to Europe. It will also provide great backup for LNG as North-Western Europe will (must) grow into its role as the overspill protection for the LNG world. If the world does have too much LNG, it will swallow the overspill. If its lacking LNG, NWE may give up some LNG – for a price. NS2 reinforces the backup. It’s good for LNG.

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