Construction of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline fully completed
MOSCOW. Sept 10 (Interfax) - Construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has been fully completed, Gazprom said in a statement.
"At a morning briefing session at PJSC Gazprom, Chairman of the Management Board Alexei Miller informed those present that at 8:45 a.m. Moscow time this morning, construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was fully completed," the statement said.
The last section of the second line of the gas pipeline was welded on September 6. The next step was to join the section of the gas pipeline running from the coast of Germany with the section stretching from the waters of Denmark using the above-water tie-in (AWTI) method.
Laying of the first section of the gas pipeline was completed in early June.
The Nord Stream 2 offshore gas pipeline, with a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year, runs from the Slavyanskaya compressor station in the Kingisepp district of the Leningrad region to the Baltic coast of Germany. The overall length of the trunkline along its two lines totals 2,460 km.
Gazprom is completing Nord Stream 2 using its own resources, as its Swiss contractor ceased pipe-laying operations due to sanctions imposed by the United States.
Miller said last week: "we could supply the first gas via the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to the European market even prior to the end of this year, this heating season. All the necessary capacities have been created on the Russian side, such as production capacities at Yamal and gas transmission capacities in the northern gas transport corridor."