The final section of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has been put into place as the Baltic subsea link nears completion.
The $11 billion (€9 billion) pipeline will double Russian gas exporter Gazprom's capacity via the Baltic Sea, Reuters reported.
The Russian pipelaying vessel Fortuna welded the last of the double pipeline on to a stretch of the pipeline in German waters, the project's operator said, adding this would now need to be welded to a long section in Danish waters to complete the project.
"As the next step, the section of the pipe coming from the German shore will be connected to the section coming from the Danish waters in a so-called above water tie-in," Gazprom announced. "Pipe-laying work on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has been completed.”
The operator said it aimed to have Nord Stream 2 in operation by the end of the year.
The new pipeline will still need to be certified and approved for use.
When operational, the new pipeline will be able to transport 55 billion cubic metres of gas per year, enough to supply 26 million households.
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