The ship “Akademik Chersky” belonging to Gazprom, which was considered for the completion of the “Nord stream-2” gas pipeline, left Kaliningrad and headed to Germany, according to the data of the Marine Traffic portal.
The next destination is Mukran, a seaport on the island of Rugen. There is a logistics terminal “Nord stream-2,” which stores pipes for it. Also, the barge “Fortuna” of the company “MRTS” has already arrived in Ukraine.
The pipe layer left Nakhodka on February 10, rounded Africa, and arrived at the port of Kaliningrad on May 2. During his flight, he changed his destination many times.
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak in December reported that the use of the Chersky is one of the options for completing the “Nord stream-2.” Still, it will take some time for additional preparation of the vessel.
The “Nord stream-2” project involves the construction of two lines of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The pipe is actively opposed by the United States, which promotes its liquefied natural gas in the EU, as well as Ukraine and several European countries.
Washington in December imposed sanctions against “Nord stream-2” and demanded that the companies leading the pipeline immediately stop construction. Swiss Allseas almost immediately announced the suspension of work.
As Vladimir Putin noted, Russia is able to implement the project without attracting foreign partners. According to him, “Nord stream-2” will be operational by the end of this year or in the first quarter of next year. Alexey Miller, the head of Gazprom, also said that the company has all the funds to complete the construction itself, but it will take more time than expected.