German consumers may incur additional losses due to the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Der Spiegel has reported referring to government sources.
According to the magazine, the implementation of the project stipulates the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline's additional leg in Germany worth about 2.7 billion euros (3.3 billion dollars).
The money should be allocated by major German energy companies, which will use the gas pipeline, something that Der Spiegel claimed would prompt them to cover part of their expenditures at the expense of consumers.
The magazine also recalled that some Eastern European countries oppose the implementation of the project which however is supported by the German government.
Earlier this month, German Chancellor Angela Merkel underscored that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline does not pose a threat to the diversification of supplies.
When completed in 2019, the pipeline will deliver up to 55 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas to Western Europe across the Baltic Sea via Germany annually.
The project will run roughly along the same route as the existing Nord Stream pipeline network, which was put into operation in 2011.