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Pioneering Spirit vessel starts laying Nord Stream pipeline in Finland

The works are also underway in Sweden, Finland, Germany and Russia
14:30, 23 December 2018
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Pioneering Spirit pipelaying vessel joined the flotilla to lay Nord Stream-2 pipeline, reads the message on the website of Nord Stream-2. 

The vessel will continue installation of the natural gas pipeline following the pipelay vessel Solitaire, which started construction in Finland in September. Solitaire has moved to the southern part of the Swedish exclusive economic area, where it will start construction of the 510-kilometer section over the next few months. 

Related: EP condemns Nord Stream 2, urges to cancel project

Pioneering Spirit, operated by Allseas, is 382 metres long and 124 metres wide, and hosts an international crew of 570, whereas Solitaire is 300 metres long and 41 metres wide with a 420-strong crew. The pipelay vessels are supported by a survey vessel, which will monitor the pipelay process and ensure that the pipeline is installed at its correct position along the agreed route on the seabed. Pipe joints will be supplied to the pipelay vessels around the clock from the project’s nearest logistics hub in Hanko, Finland and Karlshamn, Sweden respectively, to reduce the environmental footprint,’ reads the message. 

As is known, Russia's energy monopolist Gazprom and its partners are intended to begin the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project, which cost ten billion dollars in April 2018. It is expected that the 1,200 km-long gas pipeline will be laid through the Baltic Sea, and will connect Russia and Germany, bypassing Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic countries. The capacity of the gas pipeline will be twice as much as the first Nord Stream's. The construction is estimated to be completed by the end of 2019. 

Related: Nord Stream 2: 300 km of pipeline built

Nord Stream 2 will have the capacity to transport 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from Russia to Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea.

Ukraine could lose up to $ 3 billion, or 3% of GDP due to the Nord Stream-2. 

Ukraine is adamantly opposed to the construction by calling it politically motivated and suggesting the EU to create a consortium with the involvement of European companies to manage the existing and more efficient transportation route through Ukraine. A number of EU countries, such as Poland and Lithuania have expressed their disagreement with the Nord Stream 2 project

Related: U.S. House of Representatives condemns construction of Nord Stream 2

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