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Gas pipeline construction was suspended about a year ago
Norwegian certification company DNV GL stops servicing gas pipeline project "Nord Stream -2" from Russia to Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea due to the threat of US sanctions. Agencies reported this on Thursday with reference to company representatives. "Interfax" and "RIA News".
DNV GL was contracted by the pipeline owner to verify its safety and technical integrity. Upon completion of the construction, the company had to issue a certificate of conformity. One of the tasks of the certifying company was to control vessels with equipment serving the project. And it is these activities, according to the explanations of the US Department of State, may fall under the sanctions provided by the recently adopted by Congress Act on the Protection of Energy Security of Europe. "Therefore DNV GL has stopped providing services that may be subject to the law", – stated in the company.
According to US law, companies providing various services to ships laying a gas pipeline may fall under the sanctions. Now the pipe-laying work has been suspended, and no sanctions have yet been imposed on anyone – however, their very threat leads to a discussion of whether the completion of the project is possible in principle..
"Nord Stream – 2" can hire any other certification company, but it will also face sanctions.
Gas pipeline construction "Nord Stream – 2" was suspended almost a year ago – after the US foreseen the possibility of sanctions against ships laying pipes. "Gazprom" and its European partners continue to declare that the pipeline will be completed. However, the timing of the resumption of work is unclear.
USA opposes completion "Nord Stream – 2", believing that the project will increase Europe’s dependence on Russian gas, which will create political risks. The same opinion – Ukraine and a number of EU countries.
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