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Prospective Nord Stream 2 pipe layer en route to South Africa

Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 24, 2020
The Academician Chersky pipelaying vessel, indicated as a potential ship to complete the Nord Stream 2 pipeline construction, continues heading west.
Academician Chersky
Energy   Academician Chersky
The ship departed from the port of Nakhodka in the Russian Far East and is now navigating around Africa. The current direction is Cape Town in South Africa, according to data of the Myshiptracking web portal.

Topics: Nord Stream South Africa

The vessel is to arrive at Cape Town on March 27. The Nord Stream 2 project involves construction of two lines with a total capacity of 55 bln cubic meters of gas per year from the coast of Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany.

Gazprom’s European partners in the project are German Uniper and Wintershall, Austrian OMV, French Engie and Anglo-Dutch Shell. The pipeline bypasses transit states — Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, and other East European and Baltic countries — through the exclusive economic zones and territorial waters of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany. The project is 93% complete to date.