Russian pipe-laying vessels resume construction of Nord Stream 2

Source : 112 Ukraine

Work on the pipeline was suspended last year after sanctions from the United States
08:31, 12 December 2020

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On Friday, December 11, work on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has resumed, as Deutsche welle reports. 

The barge Fortuna, which will carry out work on the pipeline Nord Stream 2 in the shallow waters of Aldergrund, approached the proposed construction site of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline on the morning of December 11. There are three tugboats and Russian supply vessels, the Baltic Researcher and the Katun, near Fortuna in the Baltic Sea.

Related: Nord Stream 2 construction: Germany decided to bypass US sanctions

"Pipelayer Fortuna will lay a 2.6-kilometer section of the gas pipeline in the exclusive economic zone of Germany in waters at a depth of less than 30 m. All construction work is carried out in full accordance with the permits received," Nord Stream 2 AG (operator of the pipeline construction) noted.

The project Nord Stream 2 involves the construction of two lines of the gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters. m per year from the coast of Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany. To date, the gas pipeline is 93% complete.

Related: Germany finds loophole to finish constructing Nord Stream 2

Work was suspended in December 2019 after Swiss Allseas abandoned pipe-laying due to possible US sanctions.

As we reported earlier, the US embassy in Berlin has called on the German government and the EU to halt the construction of the controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline.

US acting ambassador to Germany Robin Quinville egarded the Russian pipeline, which is being laid beneath the Baltic Sea to Germany, as a political "tool for the Kremlin." According to the American ambassador, the Nord stream-2 project is aimed at "bypassing Ukraine and dividing Europe."

Related: Continuation of Nord Stream-2 construction scheduled for December

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