MOSCOW, March 9 – RIA Novosti . The pipe-laying vessel Akademik Chersky, which is preparing to join the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, has arrived in the Kaliningrad region for sea and pre-operational tests. This is evidenced by the data of the global vessel positioning system MarineTraffic.
The operator of the project, Nord Stream 2 AG, announced earlier that after the tests, the vessel will begin laying its section of the pipe in the exclusive economic zone of Denmark, where the Fortuna barge is already operating.
Nord Stream 2 envisages the construction of two lines 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. The states imposed sanctions on the gas pipeline in December 2019, which forced the Swiss Allseas to stop laying.
Work continued a year later – in December 2020, the Fortuna barge laid 2.6 kilometers of pipes in German waters. At the end of January, approximately 148 kilometers of the pipeline remained unfinished: 120 in the waters of Denmark and 28 in Germany.