Russia: See Nord Stream 2 pipe-laying in Baltic waters
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According to media reports, the construction of a gas pipeline, interrupted due to the threat of US sanctions, resumes in German waters
The pipelines for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in German waters in the Baltic Sea will be laid by a specialized barge Fortuna flying the Russian flag. This is stated in the navigation warning of the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany, writes RBC.
Fortuna is said to be conducting subsea operations on the pipeline from December 5 to December 31. Earlier, the information on the resumption of construction of “Nord Stream-2” on these dates was confirmed by the German side. However, the agency later announced that the Akademik Chersky pipe-laying vessel would be building the new section. It, according to the vessel tracking portal MarineTraffic, approached the proposed point of the continuation of the gas pipeline construction..
Other vessels participating in the project are also assembled in the work area, RBC notes..
- The construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was suspended almost a year ago, after the United States foreseen the possibility of sanctions against ships laying pipes. Gazprom and its European partners continue to announce that the pipeline will be completed.
- The United States opposes the completion of Nord Stream 2, believing that the project will increase Europe’s dependence on Russian gas, which will create political risks. In return, Washington offered its energy resources to the European Union.
- In early December, the US Congress agreed on new sanctions against the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. They are included in the draft defense budget for 2021. The document proposes to introduce restrictions against companies that install welding equipment on ships involved in pipe-laying, or participate in their modernization. In addition, the sanctions on companies that will provide insurance and certification services to project participants are expanding..
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