On April 27, the Akademic Chersky pipe-laying vessel began laying the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the territorial waters of Denmark, according to the statement by the operator of the Nord Stream 2 AG project, released on Tuesday.
“After successfully passing sea trials, the Akademic Chersky vessel has started pipe-laying work in the exclusive economic zone of Denmark today,” the company notes. The pipe-laying is also continued by the Fortuna barge, which started the work earlier.
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Nord Stream 2 AG notes that all work is proceeding in accordance with the received permits. In early March, Nord Stream 2 AG announced that the pipe-laying vessel Akademic Chersky will join the Fortuna pipe-laying barge. On the evening of March 31, after sea and pre-operational tests, which the vessel carried out off the coast of the Kaliningrad Region, Chersky arrived at the site of the laying of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Since then, the vessel has been carrying out preparatory work before the start of laying the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Danish waters of the Baltic Sea.
The Nord Stream 2 project involves the construction of two lines of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 bln cubic meters per year from the coast of Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The work was suspended in December 2019 after the Swiss Allseas abandoned pipe-laying due to possible US sanctions. But starting in December 2020, the construction of the gas pipeline was resumed after a year long pause. In December 2020, Fortuna built 2.6 km of the pipeline in the exclusive economic zone of Germany, and is now laying Nord Stream 2 in the territorial waters of Denmark. According to the company, Nord Stream 2 is 95% completed.
Source: TASS (photo: vesselfinder.com)