Denmark Has Allowed The Use Of New Vessels For The Nord Stream 2 Pipeline
The Danish Energy Agency (DEA), at the request of Nord Stream 2 AG, granted permission for the use of anchored vessels on the unfinished section of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to the South-East of Bornholm island, according to a press release of the Department.
"The Danish Energy Agency has decided that Nord Stream 2 AG can also use anchor-positioned pipelayers when laying the Nord Stream 2 pipeline," the report said.
The new decision is a change to the conditions set out in the work permit issued by the Agency on October 30, 2019; this means that Nord Stream 2 AG can use pipe-laying vessels both with anchor positioning and equip with a dynamic positioning system. The permit is issued by the law on the continental shelf and with obligations under the UN Convention on the law of the sea (UNCLOS). According to them, "Denmark is obliged to allow the construction of transit pipelines taking into account safety, resources, and the environment."
In the new decision, the DEA stressed that the remaining part of the pipeline passing through the exclusive economic zone of Denmark "is located outside the area where trawling, anchorage, and bottom work are not recommended due to the risk of submerged chemical warfare agents entering the marine environment."
Earlier, the head of the press service of the DEA, Ture Falbe-Hansen, explained that the company on June 5 asked the DEA to approve the use of vessels with anchor positioning for laying pipes when completing the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The anchor-positioned pipelayers were evaluated when considering the environmental impact, "but were not part of the permit issued in October 2019." The regulator also clarified that the Danish permit applied to work on the pipeline, and not to specific vessels.
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. Nord Stream 2 is constructed of 93%. The halt in the project's implementation is since at the end of December 2019, due to US sanctions, Swiss Allseas stopped work on the construction of the gas pipeline and withdrew its vessels. The head of Gazprom, Alexey Miller, said that the pipeline will be completed on its own. In January, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that by the end of this year, or in the first quarter of next year, the work will be completed, and the gas pipeline will be put into operation.