"Yes, we can confirm that. We are planning to resume pipe-laying work using an anchor-positioned vessel in Germany’s exclusive economic zone this year," the company said when asked whether Nord Stream 2 AG could confirm the resumption of construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
It is noted that work will resume on Saturday, December 5.
“We will name a specific vessel that will be used later. At this stage, the plan provides for laying a 2.6 km section on each of the gas pipeline strings,” Nord Stream 2 AG said.
The gas pipeline from Russia to Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea was supposed to be launched at the end of 2019, but the United States intervened in the project. In December 2019, Washington imposed sanctions, because of them the Swiss company Allseas, which provided the pipelayer, refused to cooperate. Russia managed to find another ship, but the completion date had to be postponed by at least a year.
As we reported earlier, the Norwegian DNV GL classification society has refused the cooperation with Nord Stream 2 project.
The company made such a decision due to the threats of U.S. sanctions.
DNV GL was due to issue a certificate of conformity after the end of the construction of the pipeline. However, due to the threat of possible sanctions from the U.S. side, it has changed the decision.