Nord Stream 2: Pipe-laying resumes in Danish waters

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russia's vessel Fortuna conducted sea trials and started laying pipes in the waters of Denmark
08:32, 7 February 2021

Nord Stream 2 pipeline

Russia's vessel Fortuna has resumed laying pipes for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Danish waters. It was reported by DW. 

Construction of the link, which would double the capacity of the existing Nord Stream pipeline to 110 billion cubic metres of gas annually, was suspended in December 2019 due to the threat of sanctions from Washington.

Related: France urges Germany to drop construction of Nord Stream II

However, the German government has stood by the project and late in December a vessel called the Fortuna, which was subsequently put under sanctions by Washington, laid a 2.6 km (1.6 miles) portion of the pipeline in German waters.

Construction of the pipeline is mostly complete but around 120 km is left to be laid in Danish waters as well as 30 km in German waters, before it makes landfall at the northern German coastal town of Lubmin, near Greifswald.

Related: U.S. State Department states Nord Stream 2 disrupts Trans-Atlantic security

The consortium said in emailed comments on Saturday that the latest pipe-laying activities by the Fortuna followed the successful completion of sea trials, adding: "All works are performed in line with the relevant permits. We will provide further information about the construction works and further planning in due time."

As we reported earlier, EU High Representative for Security Affairs Josep Borrell shared his negative view of the U.S. sanctions spreading on European companies, which were imposed against the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

"It is obvious that the EU stands against sanctions of third countries against European companies, which perform legal actions. Nord Stream 2 is not the general European project. The decision about construction of this pipeline should be made by EU member countries, which participate in the project," he said.

According to him, the European Commission insists that the pipeline meets the respective EU legal framework.

Related: Fate of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline should not depend on Navalny case, - Merkel

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