Russia is talking about expanding the “Nord stream” project and building the fifth and sixth lines to supply Europe with hydrogen in the future. Vladislav Belov, Deputy Director of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said this during an online conference.
In his opinion, the “Nord stream-2” project will be completed, despite difficulties due to US sanctions and the situation with Alexey Navalny. As Europe moves towards greener fuels, Russia will start using its gas pipeline system, including the pipeline through Ukraine, “Nord Stream,” and “Nord stream-2,” to supply the EU with hydrogen by 2050.
“I assume that in the future, it will be quite possible to build both the fifth and sixth branches because this is technically justified, and we are talking about another gas,” Belov explained. He added that Europe and Germany would not be able to provide themselves with hydrogen.
The “Nord stream” project is a gas pipeline from Russia to Germany along the Baltic Sea, which consists of two strands, launched in 2012. In 2018, Gazprom started constructing “Nord stream-2” and laying the third and fourth lines. Currently, the project is already 97 percent complete. It was supposed to be completed at the end of 2019, but due to the position of Denmark and then US sanctions, the deadline had to be postponed for at least a year. Now Washington, which wants to increase the supply of its own liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe, is discussing expanding restrictions on Russia.