The construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is actively under way in Germany, as the offshore pipelay vessel Audacia has joined in.
The Audacia began its work on the Nord Stream 2 project on October 6, the press service of the operator of the project, Nord Stream AG 2, has reported.
The Audacia, operated by Allseas, is the second vessel together with the Castoro Dieci (C10) to lay the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the German route section, it said.
The Audacia started its installation works at the end of the 30-kilometres-long trench of the twin pipeline, located in German territorial waters.
She will be laying pipes for approximately 38 kilometers in a deeper water section of the route. "Once the Audacia completes the first line, it will then return to starting point to continue laying the second line, completing its works in Germany by the end of 2018," the press service said.
All works on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in German territorial waters are scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.
Germany, Finland and Sweden have issued all permits for the construction and operation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Poland, the Baltic countries, Ukraine, Moldova, the United States and Denmark are against its construction.