Russian natural gas exports to Germany via the Nord Stream gas pipeline, which crosses the Baltic Sea, amounted to 59.2 billion cubic meters (bcm) in 2021, its operator reported on Monday, in line with volumes. previous year’s record.
Moscow hopes to double the route with the recently completed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which requires EU and German approval to start operations.
The current pipeline already accounts for about a third of Russia’s gas exports to Europe.
Last year, volumes exceeded the pipeline’s annual nominal capacity of 55 bcm. Russian gas exporter Gazprom has said the pipeline can carry more thanks to some technological quirks.
The West has accused Russia of withholding gas exports to Europe recently to drive up prices and pressure regulators to approve Nord Stream 2. Russia and Gazprom have denied this.