On 5 September, the Nord Stream 2 company began laying the first pipes in the Gulf of Finland, thus marking the start of the gas pipeline’s construction.
In recent weeks the US has stepped up its campaign against the Nord Stream 2 project.
The company 50Hertz has announced that talks are ongoing to sell its shares in the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), owned by the Chinese government.
On 31 January, Nord Stream 2 AG obtained the consent of the Mining Authority in Stralsund for the construction of the Nord Stream pipeline 2 in Germany.
On 1 June, President Donald Trump announced that the US would withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement signed in 2015.
The record volumes of gas supplied via the OPAL and Nord Stream pipeline have been accompanied by controversy over the rules for utilisation of the OPAL pipeline’s capacity.
The European Commission published its winter package – a series of legislative proposals regarding the EU energy and climate policies for 2020-2030.
European Commission announced its decision setting out the rules for increased utilisation by the Russian gas company Gazprom of the OPAL pipeline.
The lobbying by CEOs of energy companies is intended to step up the scale of involvement of local politicians in supporting Nord Stream 2.
Natural gas, after crude oil, is the most important energy carrier in the German economy.