The gas valve from Portovaya Compressor Station’s operational center
was opened on the coast of the Gulf of Finland, an Interfax
correspondent at the launch ceremony reported.
However, the launch of the second branch will not increase total gas
supply via Nord Stream to Europe as it will accept a portion of the gas
already transported through the first branch, European gas players told
The Nord Stream gas pipeline, which was launched 11 months ago, still
transported gas under older contracts transferred from Ukrainian
transit. The gas pipeline will start moving new gas in November, a
source in the gas sector told Interfax.