With each 24-tonne steel pipe laid on the seabed of the Baltic Sea, the vessel Solitaire is edging closer to what could be a costly hold-up for the Russian-led gas pipeline project which has divided the European Union. Reuters news agency reported this.
The crew onboard the Solitaire expect to reach Danish waters early next month, but Denmark has yet to approve the pipeline, which is planned to begin transporting natural gas from Russia to Germany at the end of this year.
“We are now heading for the Danish border and then basically waiting for the further development of the project to be continued from the Danish border toward Germany,” Captain Kenny Houben told Reuters.
However, the Nord Stream 2 consortium controlled by state-run Gazprom told Reuters the project remains on track and that it remains hopeful Denmark will approve the pipeline before the Solitaire reaches Danish waters.
“We are (progressing) according to plan and we are absolutely on the timeline,” Nord Stream 2 spokesman Ulrich Lissek told Reuters onboard the Solitaire vessel.
He added that there were “no major risks or issues” in its dialogue with the Danish Energy Agency (DEA), which is in charge of issuing a permit after an environmental assessment.
As it was reported earlier, President of Slovakia Zuzana Čaputová assured her country supports Ukraine's position concerning Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline during her meeting with Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk. During the meeting, Honcharuk told about priorities of the Cabinet for the next few years among which was promotion of competition in the energy market.