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Nord Stream 2 to be put into operation by end of year

Source : 112 Ukraine

Sections of the second line of the gas pipeline were connected today
16:57, 10 September 2021

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The project operator Nord Stream 2 AG wants to put the pipeline into operation by the end of 2021. This is stated on the company's website.

It is noted that today the sections of the second thread of “Nord Stream – 2” coming from the coast of Germany and from the waters of Denmark were interconnected.

The ends of the sections extending on opposite sides were lifted from the bottom above the sea surface by the pipe-laying barge Fortuna, cut to the required length and connected. The weld was carried out on a surface platform fixed on the outside of the vessel, after which the only completed thread of the pipeline was immersed in the seabed," the statement reads.

Related: Nord Stream 2 Completed: Why Ukraine might face winter apocalypse

Work on laying the Nord Stream-2 pipeline began in 2018. Its length is 1230 km. The pipeline is expected to supply 55 billion cubic meters of gas annually from Russia via the Baltic Sea to Germany. According to the operator, this could provide 26 million households with natural gas.

The cost of the Nord Stream-2 project is over 10 billion euros. The construction of the pipeline was financed in half by the Russian energy giant Gazprom, and half by five European companies OMV, Wintershall Dea, Engie, Uniper and Shell.

As it was reported earlier, the construction of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was completely finished as of the morning of September 10.

It was earlier promised, that the first gas supply through the Nord Stream 2 will happen until the end of this year, during the upcoming heating season.

Related: Works on welding of last pipe finished within Nord Stream 2 project

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