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 the U.S. sanctions as Interfax agency reported earlier with reference to Bloomberg.
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.
“The US State Department in October published new guidelines for the Protecting Europe's Energy Security Act (PEESA) statute. In accordance with these new recommendations, we find that the DNV GL activity on the control over the vessels with equipment that serve the Nord Stream 2 project might fall under the sanctions. That is why the DNV GL ceased delivery of services that may fall under the scope of PEESA. DNV GL implements a reliable program of conformity of our activity with all proper standards and laws, including sanctions,” as Interfax reported.
Meanwhile, the Danish Energy Agency stated that Nord Stream 2 might hire any third side for provision of the conformity certificate that confirms that the constructed objects correspond the current legislation.
Earlier, Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel confirmed the intention of her government to continue and finish the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
On July 24, the U.S. Senate upheld the draft defense budget that includes sanctions against the Russian Federation.
Earlier, U.S. Secretary of the State Mike Pompeo warned participants in the Nord Stream 2 project about the opportunity to apply CAATSA law against them. On the other hand, EU top diplomat Josep Borrel stood against this initiative.
As we reported earlier, the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, opposed the plans of the U.S. to expand extraterritorial sanctions on a number of projects, including Nord Stream 2.
On July 13, it was reported that Germany's position on the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline remained unchanged - the project had to be completed.