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A Possible Pipe-Laying Vessel Of Nord Stream 2 Changed Its Course To Egypt

A Possible Pipe-Laying Vessel Of Nord Stream 2 Changed Its Course To Egypt

The pipe-laying vessel "Akademik Chersky," which earlier the head of the Russian energy Ministry Alexander Novak called a possible Builder of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which began its journey from Nakhodka, left the port of Las Palmas (Canary Islands, Spain) on Sunday and went to the Mediterranean sea, to Port Said (Egypt), according to the MyShipTracking portal.

In February, the ship left the port of Nakhodka in the far East and went to Singapore, where it was supposed to arrive on February 22. Later, the route was changed to Sri Lanka. Then the course was laid to Suez, but the route was changed to the port of Maputo in Mozambique. The ship then rounded Africa and was due to arrive in the Congo on April 10. However, it changed its course to Las Palmas, where it arrived on April 18.

The vessel has been operated by Gazprom FLOT LLC since 2016. At the end of December 2019, due to US sanctions, Swiss Allseas stopped work on the construction of the Nord Stream 2 and withdrew its pipe-laying vessels.

Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller said that the pipeline will be completed on its own. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak called the ship "Akademik Chersky" a possible completion of the Nord Stream 2. According to the Ministry of Energy, the launch of the gas pipeline can be expected before the end of 2020. "Nord Stream 2" is ready for 93%.

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. The pipeline will bypass transit States (Ukraine, Belarus, and Poland) through the exclusive economic zones and territorial waters of five states: Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany. Gazprom's partners in the project are European companies Uniper, Wintershall, OMV, Engie, and Shell.

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