OREANDA-NEWS. According to the data of the global vessel positioning system MarineTraffic, the pipe-laying vessel Akademik Chersky, having stood for almost a month not far from Kaliningrad, has returned to the unfinished section of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

In early December, the pipe-laying vessel had already spent several days in the area of the Danish island of Bornholm, where this section is located. Then he returned to Russia and embarked on the roadstead of the Curonian Spit near Kaliningrad.

Within the framework of Nord Stream 2, it is planned to build two lines of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The project is actively opposed by the United States, which is promoting its liquefied natural gas to the EU, as well as Ukraine and a number of European countries. The states imposed sanctions on the gas pipeline in December 2019, as a result of which the Swiss Allseas was forced to stop laying.

In December 2020, Nord Stream 2 AG, the project operator, with the help of the Fortuna pipelayer, laid one of the two unfinished sections of the gas pipeline, which is located in German waters. Laying of the last unfinished section, in Danish waters, is scheduled to begin on 15 January. Both vessels are planned to be used for pipe-laying.