Nord Stream 2 Fills First Line with Gas Ready for Export

The pipeline project has faced resistance from the United States, which says the pipeline will increase Europe's reliance on Russian energy.

Maria Kiselyova and Vladimir Soldatkin, Reuters

The operator of the Russia-led Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline on the bed of the Baltic Sea said on Oct. 18 the first of the project's two lines has been filled with so-called technical gas, while still awaiting clearance to start sales to Europe.

The pipeline, funded by Kremlin-owned energy giant Gazprom and its European partners, is expected to gain certification from a German regulator to begin commercial sales of natural gas, though the approval process could take several months.

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