"We are seeing a keen interest in British partners to implement the project. The basis for the construction of a fourth thread should be a long-term contract for the supply of gas to the UK, "- said Alexey Miller.
Today in Amsterdam, Chairman of the Board of OAO "Gazprom" Alexey Miller and Chairman of the Board, President Paul van Gelder Gasunie signed a document providing for cooperation between the companies to explore the possibility of expanding the gas pipeline "Nord Stream", and the implementation of other infrastructure projects in Europe to ensure a reliable supply in the country North-West Europe and the UK.
The signing ceremony took place in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte.
"We see the potential to expand the" Nord Stream ". The new thread can be routed into new markets and for the first time link Russia and the UK, "- said Alexey Miller.
"Today we are working with" Gazprom "are taking another important step to ensure a reliable and affordable energy supply for the whole of Europe and for the Netherlands in particular, at the same time helping to reduce emissions of CO2. Natural gas is the perfect partner for renewable energy sources. Gas and gas infrastructure have unique properties that allow to maintain a balance between energy consumption, on the one hand, and the unpredictable supply of renewable energy sources — on the other hand, "- said Paul van Gelder.
"Nord Stream" — a new route for Russian gas exports to Europe. It passes through the Baltic Sea from the Portovaya Bay (near Vyborg) to the German coast (near Greifswald). The pipeline consists of two lines of the length of 1,224 kilometers and a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters. meters of gas per year.
The "Nord Stream" is implementing a joint venture Nord Stream AG. Shares in the company are distributed as follows: OAO "Gazprom" — 51%, Wintershall Holding and E.ON Ruhrgas — by 15,5%, Gasunie and GDF Suez — 9%.
In October 2012 Committee of Nord Stream AG shareholders considered the preliminary results of the feasibility study on the construction of the third and fourth thread "Nord Stream", and decided that their construction is economically viable and technically feasible.
Gasunie — transmission company that has one of the largest high pressure gas pipeline grids in Europe with a total capacity of about 125 billion cubic meters. m per year. Gasunie network consists of more than 15,000 kilometers of pipelines in the Netherlands and northern Germany, around 1,300 gas receiving stations. The company also provides services in the field of gas storage and LNG.