- DNV GL will cease all inspection activities of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline system in accordance with the sanctions and as long as these sanctions remain in effect.
- The construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea was resumed on December 11, 2020 after a break of one year.
- Siberian pipeline would have the ability to pump about half of Russia's overall gas markets in Europe.
The Norwegian company Det Norske Veritas has refused to certify Nord Stream 2 until US sanctions on the pipeline are lifted. The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will not receive a certificate of conformity, which is required to start its operation, per Det Norske Veritas.
It was supposed to be issued by the Norwegian organization Det Norske Veritas (DNV), but it announced that it will stop all activities to verify the Nord Stream 2 pipeline system in accordance with US sanctions as long as they remain in force.
“DNV GL will cease all inspection activities of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline system in accordance with the sanctions and as long as these sanctions remain in effect. We are implementing a plan to phase out our support for the project,” the company said in a statement.
US Pipeline Sanctions
In the United States, on January 1, a new defense budget came into force, which contains a provision on sanctions against Nord Stream 2.
Foreign companies are prohibited from providing pipeline testing, inspection and certification services, as well as facilitating the sale, lease or provision of pipe-laying vessels for the construction of the pipeline. If companies do not leave the project within a month, they are threatened with penalties.
According to RBC, DNV is a partner of the existing Nord Stream gas pipeline and the Nord Stream 2 under construction. The first gas pipeline has been annually certified by the company since 2012. Checks are carried out to minimize the risks from the project to human life, property and the environment.
Construction of “Nord Stream – 2”
The construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea was resumed on December 11, 2020 after a break of one year. At the moment, the gas pipeline has been completed by more than 90 percent, the last section that remains to be laid is in the waters of Denmark.
It was assumed that Nord Stream 2 would be commissioned by the end of 2019. However, in the summer of the same year, it became finally clear that Gazprom was out of schedule and would not be able to fulfill its targets, and in December 2019 the project was completely stopped.
The Swiss company Allseas refused to lay pipes for Nord Stream 2 and withdrew its vessels from the Baltic Sea due to the threat of US sanctions.
Like the two pipelines, which cross Ukraine, the latest Siberian pipeline would have the ability to pump about half of Russia’s overall gas markets in Europe.
Over the last 80 years, Russia and Ukraine have had a disagreement about electricity. Such as conflicts contribute to the disruption of natural gas to Europe in earlier centuries.
There has been a one year delay in the Nord Stream infrastructure while the Russian government must collect enough capital to finish the project. The pipeline which runs from Russia to Germany would carry more gas to Germany.
The project, which Washington claims threatens European oil stability, has been a battleground in tensions between Russia and the West that have fallen to post-Cold War depths. The Kremlin has termed the restrictions against them “unfair practices”.