Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has led Nord Stream-2

The ex-Chancellor of Germany Gerhard Schroeder

Former German Chancellor Gerhard schröder headed the managing Board of Nord Stream-2 — the project company for the construction of the pipeline “Nord stream-2” at the bottom of the Baltic sea, reported “Interfax” citing a company statement. Her representative told RBC that Schroeder became the President of the Board of Directors of Nord Stream-2, the appointment was July 29.

“Nord stream-2” is the second string of the gas pipeline under the Baltic sea, which should increase the volume of gas supplies to Germany twice, to 110 billion cubic meters per year. Delivery of the new pipeline should begin in late 2019. Schroeder is also head of the Committee of shareholders of Nord Stream — the company that controls the existing gas pipeline “Nord stream”.

Now 100% of Nord Stream-2 belongs to the Dutch “daughter” of “Gazprom” Gazprom Gerosgaz Holdings BV. The project also supported the German Uniper and BASF/Wintershall, Anglo-Dutch Royal Dutch Shell, Austria’s OMV and French Engie, which are subsequently assembled to become shareholders in this project company.

In August Gazprom and its future partners on the project were forced to withdraw a petition to establish a joint venture aimed at the Polish Antimonopoly office UOKiK, which has refused to meet since the creation of this enterprise can lead to restriction of competition. This decision will not affect the continued construction of the “Nord stream-2”, was stressed in the message “Gazprom”. At the same time, the monopoly reported that partners will look for opportunities to contribute to the project yourself.

On Tuesday, October 4, predpravleniya “Gazprom” Alexey Miller have discussed this issue with Western companies at the St Petersburg gas forum. OMV CEO Rainer Seele told reporters that negotiations on a new model of project implementation was scheduled for 18:30 GMT. But according to their results a press-service “Gazprom” only said that the heads of Shell, Uniper, BASF/Wintershall and Engie confirmed his position to facilitate the implementation of the “Nord stream-2”.

Representatives of the companies have not described the new arrangements under the project. In a speech at the forum, Miller only called on foreign partners to bring their position to the political circles of their countries and economic unions.