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The piping ship for “Nord Stream-2" reached the Baltic Sea (Photos)

The special pipe-laying ship Akademik Cherskiy, which could be used by Russia to complete construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline to Germany, has arrived in the Baltic Sea, eyewitnesses told Reuters today.
The arrival of Akademik Chersky suggests that the pipeline project remains a priority for Moscow despite US sanctions against Russia.

The Russian Energy Ministry indicated in December that it expects the pipeline to be launched before the end of 2020, BTA reported.

"Nord Stream-2" provides for the construction of two lines of a pipeline with a total power of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the coast of Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The pipeline surrounds transit countries such as Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and will pass through the exclusive economic zone and territorial waters of five countries - Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. The only shareholder in the project company “Nord Stream 2" is Russian Gazprom. Gazprom's partners are France's “Angie” (Engie), Austria's OMV, Anglo-Dutch “Shell” (Shell), Germany's “Uniper” (Uniper) and “Wintershall”, which provide 50 percent of the funding

According to Reuters, “Academician Cherskiy” is in a bay near the Kaliningrad region.

The vessel Gazprom bought in 2016 was in the Russian Pacific port of Nakhodka in December, when the US imposed sanctions against Nord Stream-2".

According to the US, the gas pipeline will increase Europe's dependence on Russian gas. Washington offers U.S. liquefied natural gas as an alternative to blue fuel from Russia.


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