Denmark has allowed the “Nord stream-2” to be completed with new vessels

The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) has allowed Nord Stream 2 AG to complete “Nord stream-2” in its waters using pipe-laying vessels with anchor positioning, the regulator said.
Now the new vessels can be used either separately or in combination with ships equipped with a dynamic positioning system.
Previously, Denmark prohibited the use of vessels with anchor positioning, as they can touch unexploded ordnance on the bottom of the Baltic sea.

Gas pipeline construction

“Nord stream-2” involves the construction of two strands of a gas pipeline from the Russian coast through the Baltic sea to Germany. The project is actively opposed by the United States, which promotes its liquefied natural gas in the EU, as well as Ukraine and some European countries.

Work on the pipeline was suspended after the US adopted a defense budget at the end of last year. It included sanctions against companies involved in the construction of “Nord stream-2.” So, the Swiss company Allseas, which was engaged in laying the gas pipeline, stopped work.

US sanctions

Earlier, the US House of Representatives introduced a bill to strengthen sanctions against the gas pipeline project. Also, in early June, the US Senate introduced another bill against the “Nord stream-2.” He proposes to impose sanctions on insurers of ships working on the gas pipeline.

German authorities have promised to prepare retaliatory measures if the White House implements its threat of additional sanctions against the pipeline. An internal document from the German Economy Ministry says that the new US sanctions could affect a significant number of European companies and banks, as well as government organizations. In response, the Merkel government is considering a plan for the coordinated action of the European Union.