Austria gets behind Nord Stream 2

Austria will lend its support to the controversial Nord Stream 2  pipeline, its Vice-Chancellor of Austria Reinhold Mitterlehner assured Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev this week. “Austria has a particular interest in this project ,”  he said. “it very important for us to diversify our gas supply and… for  [Austrian oil distributor] OMV to  participate.”
Last September, Gazprom, BASF, E.ON, Engie, OMV and Shell  signed a shareholders’ agreement to lay a second, 55bcm capacity  Nord Stream gas pipeline system running from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea; but the project has become increasingly controversial with Ukraine this week filing an official complaint with the EU claiming it is a political rather than an economic initiative. 
During a meeting earlier this week, the two men also agreed to a 5% increase  in the capacity of the Haidach underground gas storage facility near Salzburg, the second largest such facility in Central Europe.

Source: Interfax