Nord Stream 2: Gazprom's Pipelayer With A Military Convoy Passed The Danish Economic Zone
Gazprom's pipelayer Akademik Chersky passed through the exclusive economic zone of Denmark at full speed, where several tens of kilometers of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline remain unfinished, and continued East along the Baltic sea, claiming the port of Kaliningrad as the goal of his further journey.
According to data from the Maritime traffic control systems, a Russian military vessel, the SB - 123 rescue tug, is moving alongside it at the same speed. It is also heading for Baltiysk in the Kaliningrad region.
The Akademik Chersky crane and the pipe-laying vessel is expected to be used for the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Baltic sea. Construction of the highway by European contractors was stopped due to US sanctions. and, as Elena Burmistrova, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Gazprom, said in January, "the Nord Stream 2 project, which is already almost 94% built, will be completed by the Russian side."
In a report published this week on IFRS, Gazprom wrote that "work is underway on various options for completing the construction of the gas pipeline and putting it into operation."
Gazprom bought the vessel in 2015 to be independent of foreign contractors and sanctions risks in the construction of its new export gas pipelines. The ship arrived in Russia in 2017 and since then has been undergoing modernization and retrofitting at the Nakhodka shipyard. In the summer of 2019, "Akademik Chersky "was first used by Gazprom at the construction site - at the objects of marine development of the Kirinsky and Yuzhno-Kirinsky fields.