Germany says Nord Stream 2 picked a ship to finish gas pipeline

An yet-unnamed installation vessel has reportedly been found to complete construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which has had difficulties hiring help, with many companies shying from taking the job due to the treat of US sanctions.

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Nord Stream 2 has picked a ship to finish laying sections of its pipeline under the Baltic Sea, a German agency overseeing the work said, indicating the Russian company has found a way to get around US sanctions that have halted the project.

Germany’s Maritime and Hydrographic Agency said on Tuesday “it assumes” the company building the natural gas pipeline will use the Akademik Cherskiy. If confirmed, it would end the mystery about how the Russia’s gas export company Gazprom PJSC will finish work after Switzerland’s AllSeas Group SA pulled out of the project last year.

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