The opposing pipe strings were lifted from the seabed by the lay barge Fortuna, and the pipe ends were cut and fitted together.
The welding to connect the 2 lines took place on a platform located above the water on the side of the vessel.
Then the connected pipeline was lowered to the seabed as one continuous string.
Afterwards, the required pre-commissioning activities will be carried out with the goal to put the pipeline into operation before the end of this year.
- Gazprom has always approached Nord Stream 2 as an economic project
- It also aims to reduce the cost of gas for end consumers via a shorter transportation route that reaches Germany almost 2,000 km ahead of the route traversing the GTS of Ukraine
- СО2 emissions from Nord Stream 2 are 5.6 times lower thanks to, among other things, a reduced number of compressor stations compared to the Ukrainian route
- Gazprom has always stressed its readiness to continue transiting gas across Ukraine, including after 2024, based on economic viability and the technical condition of Ukraine's GTS