The pipe-laying vessel under the Russian flag Fortuna may begin laying Nord Stream 2 in the Danish Exclusive Economic Zone from January 15, 2021, the Danish Maritime Agency and the project company Nord Stream 2 AG reported on Wednesday.
We are talking about laying two lines of the pipeline from a point opposite the southern tip of Bornholm Island to the border of the Danish and German exclusive economic zones.
In addition to "Fortune " construction ships "Baltic Researcher " and "Murman ", as well as other supply vessels will be involved in the work.
During the operation of the Fortuna pipelayer, a temporary forbidden zone with a radius of 1.5 miles (2.8 km) is created around it, and when the vessels "Baltic Researcher " and "Murman " are operating - 500 m - when they give a signal "limited maneuverability".
Unauthorized navigation, diving, anchoring, fishing and seabed operations will be prohibited in this area.
The construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline by European construction companies was suspended a year ago after the adoption of the US military budget for the next year, in which lawmakers banned contractors from providing services for laying the sea pipeline.
After that, the Russian side began to complete the construction of the gas pipeline on its own. Two weeks ago, the pipelayer "Fortuna " began the completion of the 2.6 km section of the highway in the exclusive economic zone of Germany.
To date, more than 2 thousand 300 km (that is, 94%) have been laid out of approximately 2 thousand 460 km of the gas pipeline.
Nord Stream is an international consortium of five large European energy companies, created in 2005 to design, build and operate a gas pipeline consisting of two lines, 1224 km long each, along the bottom of the Baltic Sea. The shareholders of Nord Stream AG are Gazprom, Wintershall Dea GmbH, PEG Infrastruktur AG (E.ON), N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie and Engie. The design capacity of the pipeline is 55 billion cubic meters. meters of gas per year. Two strings of the gas pipeline started working alternately in 2011 and 2012.