Nord Stream 2 AG and European energy companies sign financing agreements
The Nord Stream 2 project, being pursued by Gazprom, has taken today another important step towards its implementation, responding to the need of the European Union for additional gas imports and thereby improving security of supplies to Europe.
Nord Stream 2 AG signed financing agreements for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project with ENGIE, OMV, Shell, Uniper and Wintershall.
Mario Mehren, Chairman of Board of Directors of Wintershall Holding GmbH, Maarten Wetselaar, Member of Executive Committee of Shell, Matthias Warnig, Chief Executive Officer of Nord Stream 2 AG, Alexey Miller, Isabelle Kocher, Chief Executive Officer of ENGIE SA, Klaus Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer of Uniper SE, and Rainer Seele, Chairman of Executive Board of OMV AG, at signing ceremony
These five European energy companies have committed to provide long-term financing for 50 % of the total cost of the project, which is currently estimated to be €9.5 billion. Each European company will fund up to €950 million. Gazprom is and will remain the sole shareholder of the project company, Nord Stream 2 AG.
Maarten Wetselaar, Klaus Schaefer, Mario Mehren, Alexey Miller, Gerhard Schroeder, Chairman of Shareholders Committee of Nord Stream 2 AG, Isabelle Kocher, Gerard Mestrallet, Chairman of Board of Directors of ENGIE Group, Rainer Seele, and Matthias Warnig
The financial commitment by the European companies underscores the Nord Stream 2 project's strategic importance for the European gas market, contributing to competitiveness as well as medium and long-term energy security especially against the background of expected declining European production.
The 1,220-kilometer Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters a year, will provide a direct link between reliable Russian gas reserves and European gas consumers from the coast of Russia via the Baltic Sea to Greifswald, Germany. Construction work will begin in 2018 and will be completed by the end of 2019.