It recalled that the State Department had issued new guidance on the European Energy Security Protection Act (PEESA).

The company believes that DNV GL's activities to inspect equipped vessels serving Nord Stream 2 are subject to sanctions.

“Therefore DNV GL has stopped providing services that may be subject to PEESA,” the Norwegian company said in a statement.

DNV GL explained that their work in the framework of the Nord Stream 2 project consisted of reviewing documentation and checking construction work for compliance with standards.

The company was also required to issue a certificate of conformity upon satisfactory completion of construction.

Nord Stream 2 AG noted that it cannot "disclose or comment" on commercial information.

At the same time, they stressed that the governments and the European Commission must protect European companies from illegal sanctions.

In October, the State Department expanded its interpretation of the sanctions against Nord Stream 2.

Now, such measures may affect companies providing services or goods to ships participating in the project. 

As the media wrote, referring to sources, the United States intends to impose sanctions against insurance and certification companies cooperating with Russian vessels in completing the construction of the gas pipeline.