Construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is still ongoing, and the project completion date is affected by many factors, including weather – Gazprom Vice President Jelena Burmestrova, said Thursday at a press conference. She made a reservation preferred by Gazprom not to comment on any dates.

Construction continues on Nord Stream 2, which resumed in December last year. Burmestrova, which manages Gazprom’s export “arm”, Gazprom Export, said we prefer not to discuss specific deadlines for completion of construction and start-up operations.

The mayor stated that the company refrained from making such comments because the deadlines for the completion of the project “depend on many factors, including the weather conditions.”

The government “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”, citing Burmistrova, announced that all information about the progress in building Nord Stream 2 is being provided by the project operator – Nord Stream 2 AG.

The Vice President of Gazprom confirmed that gas reserves in underground gas storage facilities in European countries are currently small. It expressed its conviction that it was Nord Stream 2 that could guarantee some of the additional requests that Gazprom had received for gas supplies to European countries.

In addition, Burmestrova informed that Gazprom had agreed with the Mongolian side on the optimal route and main technical parameters of the gas pipeline passing through Mongolia to China. The main pipeline, called Soyuz Vostok, will be an extension of the Power of Siberia gas pipeline. The representative of Gazprom said that the deadlines for concluding the negotiations depend on “reaching an agreement on the terms of the supply.”

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In Mongolia at the beginning of this year. The Soyuz Wostok Gas Pipeline Company is registered to conduct research and design work for a future gas pipeline.

Russia’s approval of this project was announced in December 2019 by Mongolian President Uchnaagijn Churelsuch during his visit to Moscow. The gas pipeline will supply gas to China from the Yamal Peninsula via Mongolia. Also in December 2019, Gazprom and the Mongolian government signed a letter of intent on this issue.