#NordStream2

| Oktubre 5, 2018

The 8th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum took place last week in the Russian northern capital, providing a platform for substantive dialogue between leaders of gas industry, government and industry experts. The forum is a unique gas industry event in Russia: besides an extensive exhibition programme, it gives a wide opportunity for open and frank discussion of the most acute and pressing issues facing the development of the natural gas market.

One of the most important issues discussed was that of international co-operation in projects for transportation and use of natural gas.

Ang isang paksa para sa talakayan ay ang pangangailangan para sa Nord Stream 2, isang pipeline na binuo upang matustusan ang natural gas ng Russia sa merkado ng EU sa pamamagitan ng Baltic Sea.

Ang proyekto ng pipeline ay napapalibutan ng kontrobersiya at matutut na mga pagtatalo sa Europa.

Ang Estados Unidos ay may malakas na pagsalungat sa proyektong ito at nagbabanta sa EU na may mga parusa kung ito ay nagpapatuloy, habang sa parehong oras sinusubukan na itulak ang Europa upang gamitin ang LNG sa halip, na isang mas mahal na pagpipilian kaysa sa gas mula sa Russia.

Key among the speakers was GAZPROM Chairman A. Miller, who addressed the forum on the subject of the need for Nord Stream 2.

“As you know, in 2017 the volume of gas supply to the European market reached 194.4 billion cubic metres,” the chairman of GAZPROM told the conference.  “This figure indicates 8.4% growth in comparison to 2016, which indicates that in 2018 we will strike a new record of gas supply to the European market.”

“But here we must note a few points. First, the absolute volume of supply will be higher than 200 billion cubic metres gas,” said Miller.

"Ano ang ibig sabihin nito? Nangangahulugan ito na malapit na naming lumapit o malamang na maabot ang punto ng 205 bilyon kubiko metro ng suplay ng gas sa Europa. Ito ay magkakaroon ng pinakamataas na taunang mga volume ng kontrata para sa lahat ng aming kontrata ng mga supply sa European market. Nakita namin na ang demand para sa gas ng Russia ay lumalaki pa. "

Ang Nord Stream 2 ay dinisenyo upang makapaghatid ng maaasahang at pang-ekonomiyang enerhiya na imprastraktura at magbigay ng seguridad ng gas supply sa European network ng paghahatid.

Ito ay magbibigay ng mga industriya at kabahayan sa Europa na may karagdagang, ligtas at napapanatiling ruta ng supply para sa likas na gas.

According to Miller: “The question is of demand for some gas transportation routes, in particular the Baltic Sea XCHARX Nord Stream project. During the last 12 months the load of Nord Stream became 7% higher than the planned project capacity”. Miller reminded to the audience that “the project capacity of the pipeline is 55 billion cubic meters, but its technological possibilities allow us to export a little more”. During the last 12 months, he continued, “we supplied to Europe 59 billion cubic metres. That means that the Nord Stream as an export gas transportation route from Russia was in demand for more than 100%.  All the existing capacities are being explored far beyond the projected ones.”

The growing economy of Europe is obviously in need of additional quantities of natural gas, EU regulations demand multiple sources for energy resources. But the words of GAZPROM chairman once again prove that Europe can’t continue its normal development without Russian gas. This is the answer to the question: “Do we need the Nord Stream 2?” said Miller in conclusion.

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