The “Fortuna” is now laying the next parts of Nord Stream 2
The construction of the almost completed pipeline continues in German waters. Russia predicts that the first gas will flow through this year.
IIn the Baltic Sea, the Russian laying vessel “Fortuna” is now continuing to build the controversial gas pipeline Nord Stream 2. “The Fortuna” is currently working in German waters in accordance with the existing permits and the announcements made by the authorities, “said a spokesman for Nord Stream 2 AG on Sunday. The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) in Hamburg had previously approved the continuation of the work.
Pipes should now be laid over a length of two kilometers. The background to this is a decision by the BSH, according to which there are currently no resting birds there that need to be protected. Therefore, as originally planned, there is no need to wait until the end of May to start work, it said.
Criticism from Nabu and environmental aid
The pipes are allowed to be placed on the seabed, the assembly should take place later, it said. The two kilometers are in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). According to information from Nord Stream 2, work with the Russian laying vessel “Akademik Tscherski” is also ongoing in Danish waters.
The Naturschutzbund Deutschland (Nabu) and Deutsche Umwelthilfe went to court against the BSH approval from January for further construction in the German EEZ, with reference to birds resting in the protected area. The office has now allowed the pipes to be placed on the seabed until construction continues, since the birds’ resting time in this short section is over.
The Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany is largely completed. According to the information, 13.9 kilometers of one strand and 16.8 kilometers of the second strand are missing in German waters. The United States and several European countries are against the pipeline because they fear that Europe is too dependent on Russian gas.
The Americans have issued sanctions to prevent prefabricated buildings. But Washington recently refrained from harsher punitive measures out of consideration for the federal government in Berlin. Russia hopes to end the project in the next few months and to be able to pump the first gas through the 1,230-kilometer pipeline this year.