STOCKHOLM, January 28. / TASS /. The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) began negotiations with Nord Stream 2 AG regarding the unfinished Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the section southeast of Bornholm, but the involvement of any specific new vessels has not yet been discussed, the agency told TASS on Tuesday.
"Yes, the DEA are in dialogue with Nord Stream 2 AG," said Ture Falbe-Hansen, head of the DEA's press service. When asked whether any particular vessels that would be involved in pipe work on the route were under discussion, Falbe-Hansen said "no."
He also explained that his department regularly receives reports on the results of the inspection of the pipeline from the ship Stril Explorer, which conducts monitoring using underwater vehicles with remote control. "The Danish Energy Agency receives daily progress reports from the vessel," he said.
Earlier, the agency explained that the permission of Denmark applies to pipeline construction works, and not to specific vessels. The document states that the installation will be carried out using a vessel equipped with a dynamic positioning system (DP). The DEA will have to assess whether the company will be able to use other non-DP vessels for pipe laying.
On December 20, US sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream pipelines entered into force. On December 21, Switzerland-based Allseas, which is laying pipes for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, announced the suspension of its work.
Nord Stream 2 is an international project for the construction of a gas pipeline that will run across the bottom of the Baltic Sea from the Russian coast to Germany bypassing transit states, such as Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and other Eastern European and Baltic countries.
The new 1,200-kilometer pipeline, following the same route as Nord Stream, will traverse economic zones and territorial waters of five countries, namely Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany. The pipeline’s capacity will be 55 billion cubic meters of gas a year.