Russian consortium set to lay gas pipes in Danish waters

The Russia-led Nord Stream 2 consortium is expected to start laying gas pipes in Danish waters after construction was suspended following the threat of sanctions from the US, according to a Danish maritime regulator.
Nord Stream 2, designed to double capacity of the existing undersea Nord Stream gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, has been controversial with the US seeking to cut Europe’s reliance on Russian energy.
The US also plans to increase sales of its own sea-borne liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe, according to a Reuters report.
The Danish Maritime Authority issued notification of pipe-laying works for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline on the Baltic Sea bed from January 15, according to a publication on the regulator’s website.
It said the Fortuna vessel will perform the pipe-laying work and will be assisted by construction vessels Baltic Explorer and Murman along with other supply vessels.
The Fortuna is currently laying pipes in the shallow waters of the pipeline’s German zone after work resumed this month.
The consortium, led by Russian gas giant Gazprom, has yet to lay more than 100km of pipeline with annual capacity of 55 billion cubic metres, though more than 90% of the project has been completed.

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