15:56 GMT16 April 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Pipelayer Akademik Cherskiy has arrived at the construction site of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the waters of Denmark, the project's operator, Nord Stream 2 AG, said on Wednesday.

    On Tuesday, the operator said that the vessel was heading to the exclusive economic zone of Denmark to begin preparatory works before pipe-laying.

    In early March, Nord Stream 2 AG announced that after testing in the Kaliningrad Region, Akademik Cherskiy would join the laying of Nord Stream 2 pipes off the Danish coast. The Fortuna pipelay crane vessel has already been laying pipes of the Line B leg near the Danish shore. The Akademik Cherskiy will be laying pipes of Line A.

    Nord Stream 2 is a joint venture of Russian energy company Gazprom and five European partners. The pipeline aims to carry Russian natural gas to Germany across the Baltic Sea. It consists of two 1,230-kilometer (764 miles) long lines with a combined capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas a year.

    Last week the chairman of Gazprom's board of directors, Viktor Zubkov, said that the pipeline was 90-92 percent ready and would be completed this year.


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