The Danish energy Agency was allowed to finish the pipeline “Nord stream – 2” with the help of ships of the new type.
As reported the press service of the Agency on 6 July, when the construction of the pipeline are now permitted to use motorized vehicles not only dynamic, but also with the anchor positioning.
“These changes mean that the company will be able to use lay vessels with anchor positioning, both independently and together with vessels equipped with dynamic positioning system”, – said in a press release.
The Danish energy Agency explained that the final part of the pipeline in the territory of Denmark lies outside the area of burial of chemical weapons, where does not recommended the use of bottom trawling and anchors due to risk to hurt him.
The Agency was informed that the decision was taken in accordance with the law on the continental shelf and on the basis of Denmark’s obligations under the UN Convention on the law of the sea. The Ministry said that Denmark was obliged to satisfy the request of the company-operator of the gas pipeline Nord Stream AG 2 taking into account safety requirements, resources, and environmental protection.
“Deutsche Welle” said that the decision of the energy Agency can be appealed to the Board on energy issues.
“Kommersant” reported that in the German port of Mukran is two Russian vessels: barge “Fortuna” with the anchor and positioning the ship “Akademik Chersky” with dynamic positioning. According to the newspaper, “Gazprom” plans to use both vessels to complete the project.
“Nord stream – 2” gas pipeline that will link Russia to Germany under the Baltic sea. The length of the trail is more than 1,200 km, the new pipeline’s capacity will be 55 billion m3 of gas per year. The cost of the project is €9.5 billion, half of it financed by the Russian “Gazprom” and five European companies: Anglo-Dutch Shell, German Wintershall and Uniper, Engie French and Austrian OMV.
The authorities of Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are considered “Nord stream – 2” the threat to Europe’s energy security. The United States believes that the pipeline will increase Europe’s dependence on Russian gas supplies.
In 2018, Germany, Finland and Sweden were allowed to lay the pipeline through its territory, Denmark gave permission only in 2019. It was expected that the construction of the pipeline will be completed by the end of 2019, but then starting the “Nord stream – 2” is moved to the end of 2020.
Now the construction of the pipeline is frozen, because in December 2019, the United States imposed sanctions against European contractors involved in the project. Immediately after that, the Swiss company Allseas has suspended work on the construction of “Nord stream – 2” and withdrew from the Baltic sea and its pipe-laying ships. At the time of suspension of work remained to lay on the Baltic sea, 160 km of pipes, the publication reported Neftegaz.ru.
The US has announced its intention to extend sanctions against the pipeline – June 30, the U.S. Senate included new restrictive measures in the draft defense budget for fiscal year 2021.