Schwerin (dpa / mv) - The Schwerin State Chancellery has rejected new allegations in connection with the construction of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline. The Internet platform t-online had published an internal paper from September 2020 in which advisors to Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) explained that Nord Stream 2 could no longer be needed in the event of falling gas demand and a massive expansion of renewables. This possibility exists "in principle".
The Greens member of parliament Hannes Damm then accused Schwesig on Wednesday of ignoring information from her own house about “better alternatives” than Nord Stream 2.
Head of State Chancellery Patrick Dahlemann (SPD) emphasized in a press release that the state government in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has made significant progress in expanding renewable energies over the past decade. "Our country now produces twice as much electricity as it uses itself." However, it is clear that the industrial nation of Germany will be dependent on gas as an additional energy source for the foreseeable future. The fact that the Green Federal Economics Minister Robert Habeck is now promoting the import of liquid gas by ship shows that a country like Germany cannot yet cover its energy needs from renewable energies alone.
The Nord Stream 2 pipeline for Russian natural gas was completed by a foundation set up by the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in early 2021 as a result of threats of sanctions from the USA. Because of Russia's attack on Ukraine in February 2022, Nord Stream 2 has not received an operating license from German authorities.