"Western Europe will need additional supplies of gas, which can be provided, including through the new pipeline branch of the Nord Stream… It is necessary and equally advantageous to both the supplier and to European consumers…. we are sure that the Nord Stream-2 will be implemented," Viktor Zubkov stated, speaking at the European Gas Conference in the Austrian capital.
Russia’s Gazprom started the project with a consortium of five large European energy companies, including Shell, OMV and EON.
The project plans to use the original Nord Stream pipeline for 86 percent of the route before branching off. It will have the capacity to carry up to 55 billion cubic meters of Russian gas, to be supplied to European customers.