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Nord Stream 2 construction begins in Sweden’s exclusive economic zone

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Staff Writer | December 27, 2018
The Solitaire, a ship working on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, has begun laying pipes in Sweden’s exclusive economic zone, Aftonbladet reports.
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The pipes needed for construction will be stored at the Swedish Karshamn Port.

Sveriges Radio reported that the pipe-laying operation in this region will last until summer 2019, and that the Karshamn Port administration has hired 110 extra staff for this period.

Nord Stream AG, the pipeline’s operator company, announced on December 23 that the pipe-laying vessel “Pioneering Spirit” had started laying pipes for Nord Stream 2 in Finland’s exclusive economic zone.

Construction in the Gulf of Finland began at the start of September, and the laying was initially done by the Solitaire. The vessel was later sent to the southern part of Sweden’s exclusive economic zone to begin laying 510 km of pipes.

The company added that 370 km of the Nord Stream 2 line has already been laid.

“The construction of Nord Stream 2 is going according to plan and according to schedule. Authorization for its construction has already been received from four out of the five countries whose waters the dual pipeline will pass through,” Nord Stream AG stated.

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder said that the US is putting huge pressure on the Nord Stream 2 project because it wants to supply gas to Germany itself. According to him, Americans are opposing the pipeline construction “not out of their love for Ukraine, but because they want to supply gas to Germany – liquefied gas, which is of inferior quality, but more expensive than piped gas”.

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