Russia is pushing for Nord Stream 2 certification amid energy crisis; UK House Prices Soar – Business Live | Business
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The surge in energy prices hitting Europe has eased somewhat, as Russia tries to use its influence as an oil and gas superpower to help – and gain approval for its controversial gas pipeline under -marin Nord Stream 2.
UK gas prices fell from record levels after President Vladimir Putin suggested state-backed Gazprom could increase supplies to help Europe avoid a full-blown energy crisis .
In a televised meeting on Wednesday, Putin hinted:
â€œThink about the potential increase in supply in the market, only we have to do it with caution. “
Moscow appears to be using the crisis to push Nord Stream 2 to get the green light.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said approval of Nord Stream 2, which links Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea, could curb the spike in European gas prices.
Novak said at a meeting of government officials and heads of energy companies.
â€œI think there are two factors, which could cool the current situation somewhat. First of all, of course, this is, without a doubt, the fastest certification completion and clearance for gas supply via the completed Nord Stream 2 â€,
The comments pushed gas prices back to record highs last night, in a wild trade.
UK gas contracts for November delivery jumped nearly 40% early Wednesday to over 400p per therm, but closed 9% lower at 271p.
But Nord Stream 2 is controversial – it bypasses Ukraine, which depends on existing pipelines for its revenue, and has yet to be certified by the German regulator.
Last March, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned that it was “a Russian geopolitical project intended to divide Europe and weaken European energy security”.
Nord Stream 2 needs approval from the energy regulator in Berlin to start operating commercially. They need to be convinced that it complies with EU ‘unbundling’ rules separating gas transport from production and sale – a certification process that could take months.
And some MEPs fear that Nord Stream 2 will decide to start the streams without the necessary approvals. Senior lawmakers on Tuesday called on the European Commission to exercise all its powers to ensure compliance with EU law, Bloomberg reports.
European stock markets are poised to recoup yesterday’s losses, with the FTSE 100 called more than 1%.
Investors are relieved that Republicans and Congressional Democrats have said they will consider an interim measure extending the country’s borrowing limit until December.
It would be a temporary solution to the US debt ceiling crisis, which threatens an unprecedented default.
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