Specialists on the Fortuna barge welded the last pipe of the second line of the “Nord stream-2” gas pipeline, the Nord Stream 2 AG project operator said.
It received the number 200 858 and has already sunk to the bottom of the Baltic Sea in German waters.
“The next step will be the docking of the section of the gas pipeline running from the coast of Germany with the section stretching from the waters of Denmark, by the method of surface flooding. Then commissioning works will be carried out on the second line to put the gas pipeline into operation before the end of this year,” the company added.
They stressed that “Nord stream-2” will help meet the long-term needs of the European energy market for natural gas and provide reliable and safe supplies.
The “Nord stream-2” was stretched from Russia to Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea. The capacity of its two threads is 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The project was actively opposed by Ukraine, which is afraid of losing revenue from transit, and the United States, which is interested in promoting its LNG to Europe.
At the same time, the regulator and the court in Germany decided not to withdraw the project from the EU gas directive. Its regulations state that the pipeline entering the EU must either be partially filled by an alternative supplier, or its section on the territory of the EU must belong to a third-party company.
Gazprom noted that the company would protect its interests by all available legal means, commenting on the situation.