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Denmark gives Nord Stream 2 green light to restart pipeline work

Christian Fernsby |
Denmark has approved a request from the developer of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany for permission to lay the line in Danish waters using ships with anchors, the Danish Energy Agency said.

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Register Now In early June, Nord Stream 2 asked as a precautionary measure for an amendment to its Danish pipelaying permit to allow the potential use of pipelay ships that use anchors for positioning.

"The Danish Energy Agency has decided that Nord Stream 2 may use pipelaying vessels with anchors in connection with construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipelines," the agency said in a statement.

The 55 Bcm/year pipeline is crucial to Russia's plans to scale down from 2021 the use of the Ukrainian transit corridor in its gas supplies to Europe.

Just 160 km of Nord Stream 2 is left to lay in Danish waters out of the total 2,460 km length.

"The Danish Energy Agency has at the request of Nord Stream 2 made a decision to change the condition of using pipelaying vessels with self-positioning," it said.

"The change means that the company can use pipe-laying vessels with anchors, either independently or in combination with self-positioning pipelaying vessels."

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