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Wintershall Dea Says Completed Nord Stream 2 Investments Before US Slapped Sanctions

© REUTERS / HANNIBAL HANSCHKEA road sign directs traffic towards the Nord Stream 2 gas line landfall facility entrance in Lubmin, Germany, September 10, 2020.
A road sign directs traffic towards the Nord Stream 2 gas line landfall facility entrance in Lubmin, Germany, September 10, 2020. - Sputnik International, 1920, 24.02.2021
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - German company Wintershall Dea has completed its 730 million euro ($888 million) investments in the Russian-led Nord Stream 2 project before US sanctions went into force, its 2020 annual report said on Wednesday.

"The Group‘s involvement with the Nord Stream 2 project is limited to the provision of loans together with four major European energy companies (ENGIE, OMV, Shell and Uniper). The company‘s loan payments to Nord Stream 2 AG amount to €730 million and were completed prior to the revision of the ‘Countering America‘s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act ‘CAATSA‘ Section 232 Public Guidance [on 15 July 2020],‘" the report read.

No further disbursements are planned, the company added.

Last year, OMV and Shell announced that they had delivered on their contractual obligations to Gazprom to finance the project.

Nord Stream 2 is a joint venture of Russian energy giant Gazprom and five European partners. The twin pipeline, which will bring Russian gas to Germany beneath the Baltic Sea, is subject to pressure from the United States, which brands it as a threat to the energy security of Europe and Ukraine, while promoting more expensive LNG.

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