The ship “Akademik Chersky” owned by Gazprom, which was considered for the completion of the “Nord stream-2” gas pipeline, continues it’s way North in the direction of Europe, has now changed its destination to the Spanish port of Las Palmas, according to data from the Marine Traffic and Vesselfinder tracking portals.
The port is located in the Canary Islands; the ship should reach there approximately on April 18.
“Akademik Chersky” left Nakhodka on February 10 and has been on the road for 56 days. At the same time, the pipe layer constantly changes its destination.
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak in December 2019 reported that the use of the “Chersky” is one of the options for completing the “Nord stream- 2,” but it will take some time for additional preparation of the vessel.
“Nord stream -2” involves the construction of two strands of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. It is implemented by Nord Stream 2 AG with the sole shareholder — Gazprom. European partners-British-Dutch Royal Dutch Shell, Austrian OMV, French Engie, and German Uniper and Wintershall – together finance the project by 50%, that is, up to 950 million euros each. The remaining half of the funds — 4.75 billion euros — is accounted for by Gazprom.
The United States, which promotes its liquefied natural gas in the EU, as well as Ukraine and some European countries actively oppose “Nord stream- 2.” The States in December imposed sanctions against the project, requiring the companies leading the lying to immediately stop construction. Swiss Allseas almost immediately announced the suspension of the gas pipeline.