MOSCOW, Jan 14 (Reuters) – The Russian-led Nord Stream 2 consortium said on Thursday that laying work on its submarine pipeline to Germany would resume in Danish waters on Friday, the TASS news agency reported, despite pressure from the United States to stop the works.
Russia said on Wednesday it was confident of completing the project despite the US State Department warning European companies allegedly collaborating with the project that they risked sanctions.
Nord Stream 2 did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Danish maritime regulator reported last month that construction work would resume in Danish waters in mid-January, with a ship called Fortuna tasked with laying the pipes.
Nord Stream 2, designed to double the capacity of the Nord Stream subsea gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, has become a point of contention between Moscow and Washington, with the United States trying to cut Europe’s dependence on Russian energy.
In that sense, Washington plans to increase sales of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipments to Europe.
The group behind the gas pipeline suspended the works in December 2019 due to the threat of sanctions by the US to resume them last month in German waters.
The consortium, led by the Russian giant Gazprom, has yet to lay more than 100 km of the gas pipeline, which will have an annual capacity to pump 55 billion cubic meters of gas. More than 90% of the project has been completed.
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(Information from Polina Ivanova; written by Alexander Marrow and Vladimir Soldatkin; edited in Spanish by Jorge Martínez and Javier Leira)