Russian pipelay vessel “Akademik Chersky” arrived in the Baltic sea, reported on 3 may, the Agency Reuters with reference to eyewitnesses.
According to preliminary information, Russia could use it to complete the construction of the pipeline “Nord stream – 2”.
As reported on the portal for tracking of ships Marinetraffic, “Academician Chersky anchored near Kaliningrad.
The ship in February, came out of the Findings and went to Singapore, and then many times changed the destination. The way to Kaliningrad took “Academician Chersky” 83 days, estimated by the Agency “RIA Novosti”.
In December 2019, the President of the United States Donald trump signed the defense budget for 2020, which envisages the introduction of sanctions against the Russian gas pipeline “Turkish stream” and “Nord stream – 2”. 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.
Russian energy Minister Alexander Novak said in December that the use of “Academician Chersky” – this is one of the variants of the completion of the “Nord stream – 2”, but needs time for additional preparation of the vessel.
Reuters survey, “Academician Chersky” you will need at least two days to reach the Danish island of Bornholm, where he stopped the construction of the pipeline.
“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.
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, at the launch of “Nord stream – 2” was moved to the end of 2020.
At the time of suspension of work by company Allseas had put on the bottom of the Baltic sea, 160 km of pipes, the publication reported Neftegaz.Ru.