Nord Stream 2 AG will resume laying the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Denmark from 15 January. This is stated in the message of the Danish Energy Agency (DEA), which received from Nord Stream 2 AG a new schedule of work in the exclusive economic zone of the kingdom.
As explained in DEA, before the resumption of work, Nord Stream 2 AG must submit an adjusted schedule. The agency does not need to approve it.
According to previously disseminated information, the barge Fortuna will begin laying pipes along two parallel branches of Nord Stream 2 in the exclusive economic zone of Denmark. Work on the construction of a 2.6 km section of the gas pipeline in the exclusive economic zone of Germany was completed at the end of December.
The Nord Stream 2 project involves the construction of two lines of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. By now it is 93% complete. The work was suspended in December 2019 after the Swiss company Allseas refused to lay pipes due to possible sanctions from the United States.
The gas pipeline was supposed to be completed by the end of 2019, but this was prevented by US economic sanctions. Washington calls Nord Stream 2 a threat to Europe's energy security. The Russian and European authorities have repeatedly linked Washington's position to unfair competition and the goal of imposing its more expensive liquefied gas on the EU.
From January 1, 2021, new restrictions came into force. They will also concern companies that will certify the completion of the Nord Stream-2 project. After the imposition of sanctions, the Norwegian company Det Norske Veritas GL refused to continue the verification of the project for compliance and closed the work.