BERLIN, April 16. /TASS/. German’s Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (Bundesnetzagentur) initiates consultations on the development project of the national gas transport network in 2018-2028 with consideration of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, the regulator said on Monday.
"Supply areas should be redistributed and the gas network should be expanded in connection with the decline of gas production in Germany and the Netherlands," the Agency says. "Investments in Germany are suggested for connection of the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline," the regulator said.
The demand for natural gas supplies is growing in Germany, the authority says. "The Nord Stream 2 can be a new import route in future," the regulator says, adding that "the project proper is not a constituent element of the gas transport system development plan."
Germany authorized implementation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project in its territory earlier. The Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline is expected to come into service at the end of 2019. The pipeline is set to run from the Russian coast along the Baltic Sea bed to the German shore. Each of the pipeline’s two stretches will have a capacity of 27.5 bln cubic meters. The new pipeline will double the capacity of the first stretch and will basically follow its route.