Germany: Nord Stream 2 pipe-laying underway off the Baltic coast

Work was underway on pipe-laying for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, in Lubmin, on Germany's Baltic Coast, on Wednesday. The offshore installation barge Castoro 10 is tasked with extending the pipeline from the site outside Lubmin, out to the sea. Segments of pipeline are welded on board Castoro 10, connecting to a section of pipe already in place. Nord Stream 2 intends to deliver... Еще natural gas from Russia to Europe, through a pipeline that travels through Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. Advisor to Nord Stream 2 Steffen Ebert explained that working on an international project requires multiple permits from the different nations affected. Since Germany provided its permit in January, preparatory operations can begin. Nord Stream 2 is still awaiting the Danish permit, and one from Russia, Ebert said. He stressed the necessity for the project, explaining, «In the next 20 to 25 years, there will be a supply shortfall in Europe of up to 120 billion cubic metres per year.» He went on to state that, while Nord Stream 2 can make up almost half of this shortfall, other providers will also be able to have a space in the market.

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