Russian vessel able to complete Nord Stream 2 pipeline departs from German port

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian vessel Fortuna, which is potentially able to finish the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, has departed from the German port of Mukran in the Baltic Sea, days after Denmark gave the project the green light, information from Refinitiv Eikon revealed on Wednesday.

The information showed that Fortuna left Mukran, where pipelines for the Nord Stream 2 are saved, Tuesday and is now moving in Danish waters. Fortuna is a pipe-lay crane vessel that was built in 2010 and is cruising under the Russian flag.

Russian gas giant Gazprom, which leads the task, and Nord Stream 2’s operational business decreased to comment.

Another Russian vessel, Akademik Cherskiy, which likewise able to lay pipelines, is moored near Mukran.

Nord Stream 2 has been suspending building of the pipeline after U.S. President Donald Trump imposed sanctions in December on the pipeline.

The Danish Energy Firm stated on Monday it would permit the Gazprom-led project to utilize pipe-laying vessels with anchors rather of the more advanced vessels utilizing self-positioning innovation, which are impacted by U.S. sanctions.

Swiss-Dutch company Allseas, which was laying the pipeline utilizing 2 vessels – Pioneering Spirit and Solitaire – had actually halted work to avoid U.S. sanctions.

Building And Construction of the 1,230- kilometer pipeline is almost ended up but it requires to finish a final stretch of roughly 120- kilometres in Danish waters.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin and Natalia Chumakova; Modifying by Chizu Nomiyama

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