The last Nord Stream 2 pipe has been welded in the Baltic Sea and laid on the seabed, according to a statement by Nord Stream 2 AG, the operator of the project.
“On September 6, specialists from the Fortuna pipe-laying barge have welded the last pipe of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline’s second string, after which the pipe number 200,858 will be sunk to the bottom of the Baltic Sea in German waters,” it was reported. Then the pipeline section coming from the German coast will be connected to the section stretching from the waters of Denmark.
According to the company, then the commissioning of the second line of the pipeline to put it into operation by the end of 2021 will take place.
“Nord Stream 2 will help to meet the long-term import requirements of the European Union’s energy market by providing a reliable and secure gas supply on sound economic terms and conditions,” says Nord Stream 2 AG.
The pipeline will run from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany in two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year. Work was suspended in December 2019 after Switzerland’s Allseas refused to lay the pipes due to the threat of U.S. sanctions. As of December 2020, construction of the pipeline was resumed.