The operator of the “North Stream 2” project, Nord Stream 2 AG, announced that the specialists of the barge Fortuna welded the last tube of the second series of the “North Stream 2” gas pipeline.
The last tube No. 200858 was successfully welded, and it will be submerged at the bottom of the Baltic Sea in German waters soon, according to “Sputnik”.
The company said: “The next step will be to implement the connection of a part of the gas pipeline extending from the coast of Germany with the section extending from the waters of Denmark using the method of superposition over water. After that, the gas pipeline will be operational before the end of this year.”
They stressed that “Northern Stream 2” will help meet the long-term needs of the European energy market for natural gas and ensure reliable and safe supplies.
It is noteworthy that the “Northern Stream 2” project includes the construction of a gas pipeline with a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year from the Russian coast across the Baltic Sea to Germany. This project is being implemented by Nord Stream 2 AG with the sole shareholder – the Russian “Gazprom”. The European partners, “Royal Dutch Shell”, “OMV”, “Enge”, “Uniper” and “Wintershell”, finance this project in total by 50 percent, or about 950 million euros each.
The United States is strongly opposed to the project, as it promotes American liquefied natural gas in the European Union. Washington imposed sanctions on the “North Stream 2” project last December, and demanded the joint stock companies immediately stop laying the pipeline.
In this context, the Swiss company “Allseas” almost immediately announced the suspension of work. Currently, the United States is discussing the issue of expanding sanctions against the project.
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