ST PETERSBURG, November 27. /TASS/. Nord Stream 2 AG, the company that developed the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, has procured more than 60% of the pipes for the construction of a new pipeline thread, head of the corporate communications department of the company Irina Vasilyeva told TASS.
"As for facilities and equipment, we have completed the main tenders for the purchase of pipes, materials, laying of pipes, logistics, pipe concreting. At the moment, more than 1,500 km of pipes have already been made and delivered to temporary storage warehouses - more than 60% of the total demand," she said.
She noted that simultaneously the company is in process of obtaining permits in Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany (the pipeline will run through the waters of these countries). The company is also holding environmental consultations and assessing "a transboundary context" of the project.
The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is expected to come into service at the end of 2019. The pipeline is set to run from the Russian coast along the Baltic Sea bed to the German shore. Each of the pipeline’s two stretches will have a capacity of 27.5 bln cubic meters. The new pipeline that is expected to connect the Russian resource base with European customers, will double the capacity of the first line and will basically follow its route.
The cost of construction of the Nord Stream-2 is estimated at 9.5 billion euros.