Nord Stream operated at 80 percent of delivery capacity in 2016

Nord Stream operated at 80 percent of delivery capacity in 2016

Utilisation of the existing Nord Stream pipeline has increased every year since it opened in 2011, reaching 80 percent of its total transportation capacity in 2016. Around 43.8 billion cubic metres (bcm) of natural gas was delivered to EU consumers during the year – enough to supply over 20 million households.

Generating electricity from gas instead of coal produces ~50 percent less CO₂

Generating electricity from gas instead of coal produces ~50 percent less CO₂

Switching from coal-fired power generation to gas can help the EU meet its goal of reducing CO₂ emissions 40 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. In fact, Nord Stream 2 could save about 14 percent of the EU‘s total CO₂ emissions from power generation if natural gas from the pipeline were used to replace coal-fired power stations.

Nord Stream 2 increases the dependency on Russia.
"Nord Stream 2 increases the dependency on Russia." – The only country completely dependent on Russian gas is Russia.
The pipeline will transport enough gas to supply 26 million households

The pipeline will transport enough gas to supply 26 million households

Nord Stream 2 can make a major contribution to EU energy security, but further additional supplies will be needed to fill the future gap between supply and demand in the EU. The new pipeline will supplement existing transport routes and complement other new gas supplies such as liquid natural gas (LNG) and the Southern Corridor.
Nine states will be consulted

Nine states will be consulted

Nord Stream 2 will pass through the territorial waters and/or the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany. Through the international permitting process, Nord Stream 2 will seek permits to construct and operate the pipeline from each of these countries. Other neighbouring Baltic states – Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – will also be consulted.
Nord Stream 2 is used by Russia as a political weapon.
"Nord Stream 2 is used by Russia as a political weapon." – Whoever talks about a political weapon should consider where the barrel is pointing, and whose finger is on the trigger!
200,000 pipes make up the whole pipeline

200,000 pipes make up the whole pipeline

Nord Stream 2 will be a twin pipeline stretching 1,200 km through the Baltic Sea. Each line will comprise around 100,000 individual pipes, each 12 m in length. Once pipe-laying begins, up to 3 kilometres of pipe can be laid each day.
One of the longest offshore gas pipelines in the world

One of the longest offshore gas pipelines in the world

Nord Stream 2 will travel through the Baltic Sea, starting from the coast of Russia and reaching landfall near Greifswald in Germany. It will run roughly parallel to the existing Nord Stream pipeline.
The EU does not need another pipeline like Nord Stream 2.
"The EU does not need another pipeline like Nord Stream 2." – Gas production in the EU is in decline, and this needs to be compensated for with new imports.
Each pipe joint is 12 metres long and weighs 24 tonnes

Each pipe joint is 12 metres long and weighs 24 tonnes

The 12-m pipe sections will be welded together and then laid the Baltic Sea using a pipelay vessel. Every weld is tested to ensure that it meets Nord Stream 2’s high quality standards, and the completed pipeline will undergo further testing by an independent certification body before gas can flow.
Pipeline has walls up to 41 mm thick and a constant internal diameter of 1,153 mm

Pipeline has walls up to 41 mm thick and a constant internal diameter of 1,153 mm

The pipes are coated internally to reduce friction, and externally to reduce corrosion, increase protection and add weight, making the pipeline more stable on the seabed.