Pipelay Pioneering Spirit. Illustration: marinetraffic.com.
The largest pipelayer in the world went to the Baltic sea. Two more vessels for laying pipelines are in the ports of Estonia and Germany. November 27, the deadline for appeals with the permission of the construction of “Nord stream-2” in Danish waters and 28 November works on its installation can begin. Now the urgency of the work gives not so much the delay with the start date of the project how many future U.S. sanctions against participants in the construction. The Congress of the United States included sanctions against the “Nord stream-2” in the defence budget for the next year and more likely it will be adopted before the end of the year. For the project is threatened by the fact that the Western owners of the pipelayers will stop all the work of their vessels.
According to navigation of the portal, the largest pipelayer in the world Pioneering Spirit into the Baltic sea. The ship moves at a speed of 10 knots per hour (a little less than 20 kilometers per hour) in the morning and passed the Strait of Fehmarn belt between Germany and Denmark. The transmitted AIS data, today, November 25, the Pioneering Spirit the scheduled arrival in the Latvian port Liepaja. To him, however, the ship must overcome more than 600 kilometers and, obviously, it will arrive with a delay. Pioneering Spirit known to put “Turkish stream” in the Black sea and has already participated in the construction of “Nord stream-2”.
Illustration: marinetraffic.com.At the Estonian port of Muuga, meanwhile, is laying vessel Solitaire, which is also owned by the Swiss company Allseas. He’d put the Swedish section of the “Nord stream-2” and is a month on preventive maintenance in an Estonian port.
Illustration: marinetraffic.com.Also in the Baltic sea is located pipelaying barge Fortuna JSC “Mezhregiontruboprovodstroy”. Since it is located in the German port of Mukran, from where shipped the pipe to the “Nord stream-2”.
Illustration: marinetraffic.com.Colossal wrote that according to its technical characteristics, the Russian pipelay able to put the Danish section of the “Nord stream-2” length of 147 kilometers.
The Danish section of the “Nord stream-2”. Illustration: marinetraffic.com.All of the Danish project remains the only unfinished. The head of “Gazprom” Alexei Miller said that the Danish construction site will require five weeks. Two pipelay company Allseas is thus necessary to lay two pipelines simultaneously. Thus, the “Nord stream-2” will be able to build at the beginning of next year or even at the end of this. However, we are not talking about the launch of the gas pipeline, but only about styling it in the Baltic sea.However, the completion of the construction of Baltic sea gas pipeline from Russia to Germany as relevant as ever. The head of the foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. Senate Jim Risch told the publication Defense News that Congress intends to include sanctions against the “Nord stream — 2” in the defense budget in 2020. “The reason for this step is that the window of opportunity closes. Most of the “Nord stream” is already constructed”, — the Senator said and added that the sanctions “will convince” the construction company to stop work on the project because of the American restrictions, “will cost them dearly”. Jim Risch added that the house of representatives and the Senate have not yet reached a final agreement on the bill in General, but it can take until the end of the year.
We will remind, last week the Vice-Premier of Russia Dmitry Kozak said that “Nord stream-2” will start in the middle of next year. After the construction of the project will require commissioning, fill the gas and gas pipeline acceptance into operation.
“Nord stream-2” will be similar to the existing Nord stream length of more than 1200 kilometers of each line and annual capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year. Against its construction are Poland, the Baltic States, Ukraine and the United States. Germany supports the project but wants Russia to keep gas transit through Ukraine.