Pipelayer Akademik Chersky no longer belongs to Gazprom & nbsp

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Gazprom no longer owns the Akademik Chersky pipe-laying vessel, the main contender for the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The new owner of the vessel is unknown.
“Akademik Chersky” is the only pipelayer in Russia with a dynamic positioning system on board, which meets all the stringent technical requirements of the European Union for the construction of offshore pipelines. Until June, it was listed on the balance sheet of Gazprom Fleet, but at the beginning of the summer it changed its owner and became owned by the Samara Heat and Power Property Fund (STIF), which was part of the Gazprom group. STIF and its owners are no longer in the last list of affiliates of the gas monopoly dated June 30 this year. However, according to RBC, there is a possibility that the company exercised the right not to disclose some of the data on the basis of the sanction risk.
Now the US sanctions, even if they are tightened, during the completion of the Russian gas pipeline by Academician Chersky should not affect Gazprom, as the owner of the vessel. Risks still remain, but in the latest revision of the amendments to the US defense budget, the sanctions restrictions apply only to owners of ships that can be used for work in the Baltic Sea, as well as insurance and repair companies that provide them with their services. Now these amendments are under consideration in the US Congress.

At the end of last year, the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline could no longer be completed due to US sanctions. The first US restrictions hit naval vessels laying pipes at depths of more than 30 meters. After the imposition of sanctions, Washington demanded that European contractors immediately stop construction.

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Nord Stream 2 includes two strings of a gas pipeline from Russia across the Baltic Sea to Germany. The total capacity should be 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The gas pipeline passes through territorial waters or exclusive economic zones, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. To date, more than 2,300 kilometers of pipes have been laid, that is, 94% of the total length of the gas pipeline.

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