FULL STEAM AHEAD: Finland begins construction of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

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In Finland the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has begun, says Nord Stream 2 AG.

“Today at 1:25 p.m. [Central European time] the Solitaire began work on the installation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Gulf of Finland,” said Nord Stream 2 AG .

It is planned that the work will be carried out twenty-four hours a day and without stopping at all.

“Before and after the pipeline is installed, a research vessel will inspect the seabed to verify the exact position of the pipeline,” they added in Nord Stream 2 AG.

All security measures have been adjusted with the Finnish transport agency and the border services. The work will be carried out under the control of the national authorities.

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The Nord Stream 2 project involves the construction of two gas pipelines from Russia, via the Baltic Sea, to a hub in Germany, avoiding Ukraine. The project is a joint venture between Russia’s energy giant Gazprom, France’s Engie, Austria’s OMV AG, Dutch Royal Dutch Shell and Germany’s Uniper and Wintershall.

The gas pipeline will pass through the economic zones of Germany, Finland, Russia, Sweden and Denmark. So far, only Denmark has yet to approve construction. In addition to the disapproval of other countries such as USA, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, who claim that this may increase the dependence of European countries on Russian gas.

Nord Stream 2 is expected to start operating by the end of 2019.

The US can not prevent the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and “Germany can not leave Nord Stream 2 at the current stage,” said the Russian-German Forum’s scientific director, Alexander Rahr.

In addition, Rahr stressed that “Europe needs gas, which can only come from Russia or Norway,” noting that “there are no other sources.”

US President Donald Trump “will not be able to stop Nord Stream 2, because Germany, Austria and a number of other countries, particularly its business communities, will respond with a firm ‘no’,” said the expert.

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