Sassnitz (dpa) - Shortly before a partial permit for construction work on the controversial German-Russian Baltic Sea gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 expires at the end of this year, the project has made further progress.
As the company Nord Stream 2 reported on Monday on request, the construction work for a 2.6-kilometer-long line section in the German exclusive economic zone has been completed.
Initially the "Ostsee-Zeitung" reported on it.
Construction has continued since the beginning of December after a one-year break.
The head of the Russian energy company Gazprom, Alexej Miller, said last week that 94 percent of the pipeline had now been completed - currently more than 2,300 kilometers.
The media reported, citing authorities in Denmark, that the laying work in Danish waters should start in mid-January.
The Russian laying ship "Fortuna" should start work off Denmark.
Further Russian ships are to be relocated to the region to provide support.
Denmark granted Nord Stream 2 AG an operating permit at the beginning of October.
Nord-Stream-2-AG announced on Monday that further plans would be “informed in due course”.
"We cannot provide any information on further details."
The US has threatened further sanctions to stop the project on the last few meters.
In the future, an additional 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas will be pumped from Russia to Germany every year through the two lines of the pipeline, which will cost around 9.5 billion euros.
The USA is against the project and justifies this with the fact that its European partners are too dependent on Russian gas.
Critics accuse the US, on the other hand, of only wanting to sell their liquid gas better in Europe.
However, there is also resistance to the project within the EU, particularly from Poland and the Baltic states.
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