The pipe-laying vessel Fortuna has started working in German waters and laying the “Nord stream-2” gas pipeline, dpa reported with reference to the project operator – Nord Stream 2 AG.
“Fortuna is currently operating in German waters in accordance with the permits and statements made by the agencies,” Free News reports.
The pipeline passes through the exclusive economic zones and territorial waters of Germany, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Russia. It is planned that it will be able to transport 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year.
The project is actively opposed by the United States, which expects to supply its liquefied natural gas to Europe. Sanctions from Washington led to the refusal of cooperation with the “Nord Stream-2” of the Norwegian firm Det Norske Veritas-Germanischer Lloyd (DNV GL), the Swiss company Zurich Insurance, as well as the Danish Ramboll. In early May, work on the project slowed down due to a lawsuit by German environmentalists. However, the construction of “Nord stream-2” is scheduled to be completed this year.