MOSCOW, 4 Mar – RIA Novosti. The pipe-laying vessel Akademik Chersky will join the laying of the Nord Stream 2 pipes in Danish waters, the project operator Nord Stream 2 AG said.
The company clarified that the vessel left the port of Wismar and headed to the Kaliningrad region for sea and pre-operational tests. After that, it will begin work in the exclusive economic zone of Denmark.
The Danish Maritime Administration (DMA), for its part, announces that construction of the pipeline in Danish waters will continue until the end of September. Work will continue to take place near Bornholm Island.
The movement of ships in this area will be limited, follows from the DMA message.
“Details: by the end of September 2021, two gas pipelines will be laid between positions 1) – 7),” the message says.
Earlier it was reported that these works will go until the end of April. At the same time, Gazprom stated that there is no exact date for the completion of the construction of Nord Stream 2, the launch of the project itself is important.
The Nord Stream 2 project involves the laying of two strings of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. It will also pass through the territorial or exclusive economic zones of Finland, Sweden and Denmark.
The project is actively opposed by the United States, which hopes to promote its LNG in Europe, Ukraine, which fears to lose revenues from the transit of Russian gas, and several other European countries. At the end of 2019, the United States imposed sanctions on the gas pipeline, which forced the Swiss company Allseas to immediately stop laying the pipes.
Construction resumed a year later – Fortuna laid 2.6 kilometers of pipes in German waters. According to Nord Stream 2 AG estimates, at the end of January, approximately 148 of the 2,460 kilometers of the pipeline remained unfinished: 120 kilometers in Danish waters and 28 kilometers in Germany.