The Russian government has approved the project of a gas pipeline via Vyborg, a Russian town on the Finnish border, across Germany and on to Great Britain, Russian Energy Minister Igor Yusufov told journalists.
The gas will be coming from Yamal, a peninsula on the arctic coast of Western Siberia, to Vyborg, then on to Germany along a 1,200 kilometre-route ending up on the British territory. On the first stage, the pipeline will operate at a capacity of 19 billion cubic meters a year, 30 billion cubic meters being the projected goal.
The Northern European pipeline will probably be using gas from the Shtokman gas-condensate field too. "We are looking into the possibility of building an infrastructure for the Northern European gas pipeline," said Yusufov.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had had a few fights and used strong language because of the Ukrainian crisis in 2014