On 6 September, specialists on the laybarge Fortuna welded the last pipe of the two strings of the Nord Stream 2, the pipeline which will transport natural gas over some 1,230 kilometres from the world’s largest gas reserves in Russia through the Baltic Sea.
The pipe was lowered onto the seabed in German waters. As the next step, the section of the pipe coming from the German shore will be connected to the section coming from the Danish waters in a so-called above water tie-in.
Afterwards, the required pre-commissioning activities are carried out with the goal to put the pipeline into operation before the end of this year.
According to its press statement, Nord Stream 2 will contribute to meeting long-term needs of the European energy market for gas imports, improving supply security and reliability and providing gas under sensible economic conditions.
Earlier in July, the US and Germany reached an agreement about the gas pipeline. President Joe Biden seems he will stop opposing the project, provided that the energy security of Ukraine and Central and Eastern Europe is safeguarded.