Denmark has skillfully played a game of blocking Nord Stream 2

As soon as Gazprom received permission from Denmark to use the Fortuna pipe-laying barge in the completion of Nord Stream 2, which would have gone faster, the project was paused again. This time, the construction was hampered by spawning of cod, and the top managers of the Russian gas company are now "spawning" themselves, since they were again "taken by the gills".

Despite the assertions of some domestic experts that there is no need to hurry with the completion of the pipeline, everything again rests on time. Yes, the demand for gas in Europe fell, and with it the price tags per thousand cubic meters. But if the project is clouded again, it may not take place at all.

As you know, the United States is a categorical opponent of the Russian-German gas pipeline, since it is interested in promoting its LNG to the European market. The Americans have already managed to put a spoke in the wheels of Nord Stream 2. Initially, Gazprom intended to pump 55 billion cubic meters of "blue fuel" per year through the pipeline. But under pressure from Washington, European bureaucrats extended the Third Energy Package to the offshore gas pipeline, as a result of which one of its pipes was automatically empty.

The United States did not stop there. Late last year, President Trump signed sanctions against European construction contractors who immediately quit their jobs. The project hung for an indefinitely long time, and it was it that was a critical factor. Berlin, no less than Moscow interested in the launch of the gas pipeline, lobbied for exemptions for Nord Stream 2 from the Third Energy Package. But having neither its own pipe-laying vessels in the Baltic Sea, nor relevant experience, Gazprom simply physically could not keep up with the completion of the pipeline by the specified date.

Last May, the German Federal Grid Agency rejected a request from Nord Stream 2 AG. With considering political situation in Germany, getting another exception is now problematic. By and large, now we are talking about keeping at least one of the two pipes. But with this it would be worth hurrying.

Gazprom transferred two specialized pipe-laying vessels and supply vessels to the German port of Mukran at once. FROM technical From the point of view, they are able to complete the construction of the underwater pipeline. However, in the economy politics intervenes again. US lawmakers have prepared in the Pentagon's military budget another package of sanctions against companies that provide insurance services and are engaged in technological maintenance and retrofitting. All this is necessary for the completion of the gas pipeline and its subsequent normal operation. Moreover, there is a risk that restrictive measures by the United States may affect not only German business, but also local authorities.

The latter will be a real scandal in relations between the American and European allies. It is very interesting how Denmark is behaving, which has become an instrument of Washington's policy against Nord Stream 2 and ended up in the millstones between the US, the EU and the Russian Federation. Copenhagen demonstrates loyal feelings to the White House by putting obstacles in the way of Gazprom, but at the same time it cannot afford to beat all the plates with Berlin, since Germany is Denmark's largest trading partner.

What did they come up with this time in the Kingdom of Danish?

If you manage to complete the construction of the pipeline before the introduction of sanctions, then the meaning of most of them will disappear, and on the rest it will be possible to agree between Germany and the United States. The new fiscal year in the United States begins on October 1, 2020. But the Danes cannot afford to finish the construction of Nord Stream-2 in time, because then they will have a hat from Uncle Sam. And here the cod arrived just in time and started spawning in the Baltic.

While the valuable fish is spawning, Copenhagen has ordered a two-month ban on pipe-laying. It is curious that it ends exactly on October 1, 2020. Coincidence? Anything can be. But one gets the impression that this is an ingenious game played by the Danes, skillfully taking advantage of a natural phenomenon in order to shield themselves "one place" from the Germans and "appease" the Americans at the same time. And then let the "bar" sort it out among themselves.
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  1. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 29 July 2020 11: 12
    He laughs well who laughs without consequences ... With the cooling of the Gulf Stream and the impending Little Ice Age for the next 300 years, the EU will more than once regret the lost gas opportunities, as the Bulgarian people already regret. Meanwhile, Russian gas will find its way to Asia, to more pragmatic comrades ... Well, let the EU and Denmark heat themselves with coal, wood, American gas or hydrogen, which is much more expensive than pipe gas. Accordingly, the prime cost of EU goods will also be much more expensive and uncompetitive.
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 30 July 2020 11: 20
      Denmark receives and is tied to Norwegian gas, from there and such freaks, it plays for Norwegian gas supplies to Europe .. Now the Norwegian gas pipeline is pulled to Poland and then Lithuania and others, they do not pose any problems there, neither in cod, nor in ecology .. Just competition ...
  2. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 29 July 2020 13: 12
    Despite the assertions of some domestic experts that there is no need to hurry with the completion of the pipeline, everything again rests on time. Yes, the demand for gas in Europe fell, and with it the price tags per thousand cubic meters. But if the project is clouded again, it may not take place at all.

    What is this all about? The project needs to be completed and urgently. Why? And because then it may not take place. recourse
    There is logic, there is female logic, but this generally has nothing to do with the word logic. A very strange twist of consciousness. belay It's even difficult to comment on this.
    Is it from powerlessness? Do you understand that the project cannot be stopped and just grind your teeth?
    All these sanctions concern Europeans. Gazprom doesn't care about them. The pipe will be completed.
    In November, overseas elections, perhaps it will be a gift to Trump (or whoever will be there instead of him) and he will be invited to the opening ceremony.
  3. Sergey Tokarev Offline Sergey Tokarev
    Sergey Tokarev (Sergey Tokarev) 29 July 2020 17: 15
    The master overseas has not solved the problems with his baboons, the impending eviction of almost 30 million people from rented housing and many other problems ...
  4. Yes, no one forbade anything, it's all inventions.
  5. Dzafdet Offline Dzafdet
    Dzafdet (Sergei) 30 July 2020 16: 07
    Spawning areas for cod have long been passed. Clean politics. Well, Miller had to think with his head, and not with his back seat ... But alas, this is impossible ..
  6. Lawyer Offline Lawyer
    Lawyer (Olaf) 31 July 2020 06: 24
    If the USSR / RF did not see an instrument in its gas, but saw a simple product, then there would be no problems with pipes.
  7. Alexey Semenenko (Alexey Semenenko) 4 August 2020 13: 15
    It is a pity that the construction was not completed
    Imagine a picture: on Monday they opened it, and on Tuesday they quietly put it on routine maintenance. Like a Turkish Outflow.
    "In the area of ​​foot and mouth disease"! (C)