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Det Norske Veritas pulls out but Novak says Nord Stream 2 to be completed thanks to EU support

Christian Fernsby |
U.S. sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline are blatant protectionism aimed at advancing its liquefied natural gas on the European market, but the EU countries understand this and support the project, and thanks to this it will be completed, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said.

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Topics: DET NORSKE VERITAS    NORD STREAM 2   

"Certainly, this is blatant protectionism. The key idea why our colleagues from overseas are opposing Nord Stream 2 is linked first of all to the need to promote their own product, their LNG," the minister told RBC TV.

"This tool is absolutely uncompetitive. Everyone understands this, including the countries that are interested in fulfilling the [Nord Stream 2] project, the European countries and companies. They support the project and I’m sure that given this support it will be implemented," Novak noted.

The Danish Maritime Authority earlier said that construction will begin in January on the stretch in Danish waters of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

The Norwegian company Det Norske Veritas (DNV) GL, an international accredited registrar and classification society, will not be able to provide a certificate of compliance for the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, which is built by Gazprom's subsidiary Nord Stream 2 AG, reports the Russian news agency RBC citing DNV’s press service.

"DNV GL will stop all compliance verification activities of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as long as the sanctions remain in force. We are implementing a plan to curtail our support for the certification of the project," the company said in a statement.

"In view of the current situation, DNV GL cannot issue a certificate upon completion of the pipeline," DNV GL reported.


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