MOSCOW, February 24 – RIA Novosti. The head of the German Wintershall Dea Mario Mehren hopes to complete the construction of Nord Stream 2 and is convinced of the need for the project.
“I'll start with the sanctions. Support for the project is not subject to sanctions by the US administration. As for future sanctions, I will not speculate on this topic,” Meren said during an annual press conference, commenting on the situation around Nord Stream 2 “.
“With regard to the completion of the construction of infrastructure that ensures reliable and competitive gas supplies to Europe, I hope, I am even convinced that the infrastructure will not only be put into operation, but it is very necessary. We understand that our production in Europe is declining, we are all large volumes of gas are needed, otherwise we will face a shortage of supplies, “he added.
Nord Stream 2 envisages the construction of two strings of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The project is actively opposed by the United States, which is promoting its liquefied natural gas to the EU, as well as Ukraine and a number of European countries. In December 2019, the states imposed sanctions against the gas pipeline, as a result of which the Swiss Allseas was forced to stop laying.
It continued a year later – in December 2020, the Fortuna pipelayer laid 2.6 kilometers of pipes in German waters. As a result, according to Nord Stream 2 AG (operator of the project), approximately 148 kilometers of the pipeline remained unfinished out of the total length of its two lines of 2,460 kilometers – 120 kilometers remained to be laid in Danish waters, and about 28 kilometers in German waters.
The German authorities have agreed on the possibility of laying with Fortuna by the end of May. Pipe-laying in Danish waters is currently underway. The Danish Maritime Agency issued a notice on February 8 stating that the construction of two lines of Nord Stream 2 in Danish waters is scheduled to be completed by the end of April.