Russia has deployed its warships to keep vessels laying pipes under Nord Stream 2 project, out of harm’s way.
"As part of the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the ships of the Navy ensured the safe passage of two Akademik Chersky pipe-laying vessels and two supply vessels from Vladivostok to Kaliningrad. This measure was due to the risks of provocative actions sides of individual states,” Deputy Secretary of the Russian Security Council Mikhail Popov said in an interview with Interfax.
The United States pulled the plug on construction of Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream 2 pipelines by threatening sanctions on European companies involved in the projects last month.
“The Nord Stream 2 project is almost 94% complete. The remaining work will be undertaken by Russian companies,” the official said.
Nord Stream 2
Nord Stream 2 will be one of the longest offshore gas pipelines in the world. Starting from the coast of Russia, it will travel through the Baltic Sea to finally reach Greifswald in Germany. The pipeline will run roughly parallel to the existing Nord Stream pipeline. Once completed, it will transport enough gas to supply 26 million households.
The pipeline is being laid at a rate of up to 3 km per day. It will pass through the territorial waters and/or the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of five countries. Through the international permitting process, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany have all granted the necessary permits. Other neighbouring Baltic states – Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – were also consulted.
Pipe lay vessels act as floating factories, welding and testing pipe sections before joining them onto the main pipe string.