Putin says Nord Stream 2's first string complete
Pipelaying work on the first of the two strings that make up Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany has been completed, Russian president Vladimir Putin announced at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on June 4.
"Today ... the pipe-laying work of the first Nord Stream 2 line was successfully finished. Work on the second line is ongoing," Putin said, adding that Russia was now ready to start filling the string with gas.
Russian officials are hopeful that Nord Stream 2 will be ready to operate later this year. The pipeline, which at full capacity will flow 55bn m3/year of gas, was originally scheduled to start up at the end of 2019. But permitting difficulties in Denmark and US sanctions led to delays.
Washington has recently signalled that it may be willing to let Nord Stream 2 go ahead to avoid undermining relations with Germany, a staunch supporter of the project.