Gazprom has fully completed the construction on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which will transport Russian gas to Europe through the Baltic Sea.
Nord Stream 2, the pipeline holding company owned by Gazprom international projects, a subsidiary of Gazprom, will now undertake necessary pre-commissioning activities.
Being built with an investment of $11.2bn (€9.5bn), the project consists of a twin pipeline that stretches nearly 1,230km from Russia to Germany.
According to Nord Stream 2, the offshore part of the second line has been mechanically completed.
The pipeline holding company said that the above water tie-in has been completed by connecting the sections of the second Nord Stream 2 pipeline from the German shore and Danish waters.
The welding work to connect the two lines was performed on a platform located above the water on the side of the Fortuna vessel.
Subsequently, the lowering of the connected pipeline was carried out to the seabed as one continuous string.
In a press statement, the company said: “Nord Stream 2 will contribute to meeting long-term needs of the European energy market for gas imports, improving secure and reliable gas supply.”
Planned to be commissioned by the end of this year, the project will have the capacity to carry 55 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas and would serve approximately 26 million households per year.
An expansion of the existing Nord Stream pipeline, the Nord Stream 2 pipeline originates from eastern Russia and passes through Finnish, Swedish and Danish waters before terminating near the German coast of the Baltic Sea.