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Norwegian company refused to certify Nord Stream 2

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The Norwegian company DNV GL, which was supposed to certify the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline upon completion of its construction, refused to provide this service after new US sanctions on the project.

Norwegian company refused to certify Nord Stream 2

The Norwegian organization Det Norske Veritas (DNV) GL will not be able to issue the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which is being built by Gazprom's subsidiary Nord Stream 2, a certificate of conformity required to start its operation, DNV announced today.

“DNV GL will cease all inspection activities of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline system in accordance with the sanctions and as long as these sanctions remain in effect. We are implementing a plan to phase out our support for project verification, ”the company said in a statement to RBK .

“Due to the current situation, DNV GL is unable to issue a certificate upon completion of the pipeline,” DNV GL reported.

DNV GL is a partner of Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 under construction. The first project has been certified by the company every year since 2012. The audit is aimed at minimizing the risks to human life, property and the environment.

The new defense budget adopted in the United States involves the expansion of sanctions against Nord Stream 2. The restrictions will include companies that facilitate the "sale, lease or provision of pipe-laying vessels for the construction" of gas pipelines, as well as firms that provide services, funds for the modernization or installation of equipment on vessels for laying gas pipelines.

DNV GL's plans to abandon cooperation with Nord Stream 2 AG became known in November. Then the Danish Energy Agency said that the company can hire any third party, which will provide a certificate confirming that the constructed facilities comply with current legislation.

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