As of 18 October, the gas-in procedure for the first string of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has been completed. As planned, and in line with the system design requirements, the string is filled with some 177 million m3 of so-called technical gas, reaching a pressure of 103 bar in the pipeline.
This pressure is sufficient to start gas transportation in future.
Pre-commissioning steps for the second string are ongoing.
Nord Stream 2 is still awaiting clearance to start sales to Europe.
The pipeline is expected to gain certification from a German regulator to begin commercial sales of natural gas, though the approval process could take several months.
About 177 million cubic metres of technical gas, needed to maintain pressure in the pipeline for future gas sales, has been pumped into the pipeline, reaching a pressure of 103 bar.
"This pressure is sufficient to start gas transportation in future," the pipeline's Swiss-based operator said in a statement.
Pre-commissioning steps for the second line are ongoing, it added.
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