MOSCOW, December 8. /TASS/. Contracts for all materials, equipment and services required for Nord Stream 2 pipeline construction were signed, Russian gas holding Gazprom said on Friday.
"Preparation for gas pipeline construction start is in full swing. Contracts were executed for the time being for all basic materials, equipment and services needed to implement construction work," the company said.
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 lines 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.