The Norwegian company DNV GL, which was supposed to certify the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline upon completion of its construction, refused to provide this service after new US sanctions on the project. Thу company's statement reads.
The company stops all activities to check the pipeline system as long as the US sanctions remain in place.
"DNV GL will cease all inspection activities of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline system in accordance with the sanctions and as long as these sanctions remain in effect. We are implementing a plan to phase out our support for the project," the company said in a statement.
US sanctions, which came into effect on January 1 with the adoption of the defense budget in the US Congress, effectively prohibit foreign companies from providing pipeline testing, inspection, and certification services. They were given 30 days to leave the project, otherwise, they face sanctions.
As we reported earlier, Nord Stream 2 AG Company has finished the works on the construction of the part of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the exclusive economic zone of Germany.
The length of this part makes 2.6 km.