MOSCOW, February 6. /TASS/. The Fortuna pipe-laying vessel has completed sea trials and continued work on Nord Stream 2 off Denmark, the Nord Stream 2 project operator told reporters on Saturday.
"The Fortuna pipe-laying ship, which began work to resume the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline on January 24, has successfully conducted sea trials and today started pipe-laying in Danish waters," the company said.
Nord Stream 2 added that the pipe-laying work was being carried out in accordance with relevant permits.
The Fortuna arrived at the construction site on January 24. The Danish maritime regulator reported that the Fortuna ship would perform pipe-laying work and would be assisted by the Baltic Explorer supply vessel and the Murman ship.
Nord Stream-2 is an international project for the construction of a gas pipeline that will run on the bottom of the Baltic Sea from the Russian coast to Germany. The new 1,200 kilometer pipeline’s capacity will be 55 billion cubic meters of gas a year.
The construction was suspended in December 2019 after Allseas, a Swiss company laying the pipes for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, suspended pipe-laying work over possible US sanctions and recalled its ships. Nord Stream 2 AG resumed pipe-laying work in December 2020, with 2.6 kilometers of the pipeline being laid in Germany’s exclusive economic zone. By now, more than 2,300 out of 2,460 kilometers of pipes, or 94% of the pipeline’s overall length, have been laid, with 120 kilometers are yet to be laid in Danish waters and more than 28 kilometers - in German waters.