The pipe-laying vessel Akademik Cherskiy has left the Mukran Port’s berth in Germany, which is the logistics base of the Nord Stream 2 project, MarineTraffic reports.
The vessel is 8.5 km away from the port, and the pipelayer seems to be almost fully loaded. Caracas Capital Markets Managing Director Russ Dallen noted that Akademik Cherskiy left the port for the first time in five months.
In Mukran, the vessel was modernized. Thus, the vessel’s leaving can be explained either by sea trials or by entering the pipeline route, although Nord Stream 2 has not yet submitted the work schedule to the Danish energy agency.
We are aware of speculation regarding pipelay capacities, which we do not comment on. We will inform about our plans in due time, the press service of Nord Stream 2 reported.
Nord Stream 2 envisages two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year. They will stretch from the coast of Russia across the Baltic Sea to Germany. Communications will also pass through Finland, Sweden, and Denmark. Gazprom’s European partners are German Uniper and Wintershall, Austrian OMV, French Engie, and Anglo-Dutch Shell. The construction is estimated at €9.5 billion, with western enterprises accounting for half of this amount.
NEWS.ru reported earlier that Nord Stream 2 AG received permission to operate Nord Stream 2 on the Danish continental shelf.