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The flag of the USA (copyright by Shutterstock/Graeme Dawes)
The flag of the USA (copyright by Shutterstock/Graeme Dawes)

State Department Readying to Levy Sanctions on Nord Stream 2 Companies

Up to now, the Trump administration has merely threatened to impose sanctions on any company assisting with the construction of Nord Stream 2 on the floor of the Baltic.  During the past several weeks, as construction on the last few kilometers has begun despite the threats, the U.S.

Schwerin castle, seat of federal state parliament of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (copyright by Shutterstock/Simon Maas)
Schwerin castle, seat of federal state parliament of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (copyright by Shutterstock/Simon Maas)

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Establishes A Foundation for Nord Stream 2

The Mecklenburg-Vorpommern State Parliament voted last week to create its own foundation for the further construction of the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, with the coalition caucuses of the SPD, CDU and even the Linke all voting for this option. The AfD party withheld its vote.

Pakistan flag with drilling platforms and oil wells (copyright by Shutterstock/Comdas)
Pakistan flag with drilling platforms and oil wells (copyright by Shutterstock/Comdas)

Pakistan To Build Short Distance Gas Pipeline For Power Generation

The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) of Pakistan, has charged KE, the only vertically-integrated power utility in Pakistan, with the construction and operation of a 2.4-km short distance gas pipeline.

Route of Nord Stream 2 (copyright by Shutterstock/MurzilA)
Route of Nord Stream 2 (copyright by Shutterstock/MurzilA)

Special Pipe-Laying Vessel Fortuna Leaves the Nord Stream 2 Construction Site

Fortuna, the Russian pipe-laying vessel, has successfully completed the 2,6-km section of the Nord Stream 2 subsea gas pipeline in German territorial waters and is traveling to the Hanseatic German port of Wismar. The parent Nord Stream AG in Zug, Switzerland, said the ship will resume construction of the pipeline in Danish territorial waters by mid January.

 Connecting Pipe Sections Above Water (copyright by Nord Stream 2)
Connecting Pipe Sections Above Water (copyright by Nord Stream 2)

Pipe Laying Work On Nord Stream 2 Commences Again In The Baltic

Undeterred by the threat of punitive sanctions if work on Nord Stream 2 resumes, the construction of the last hundred plus meters of the gas pipeline on the seabed of the Baltic picked up again after a one year hiatus.

Hydrogen molecules (copyright by Shutterstock/Anusorn Nakdee)
Hydrogen molecules (copyright by Shutterstock/Anusorn Nakdee)

Commercial Use of Hydrogen Looms Large With the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline

The Pipeline Technology Journal (PTJ) has made several references the past weeks to European pipeliners looking into the possibility of transporting hydrogen through the existing network of gas pipelines crisscrossing Europe.

View of the sea and the end of a pipeline from inside of a pipeline (copyright by Adobe Stock/Luka)
View of the sea and the end of a pipeline from inside of a pipeline (copyright by Adobe Stock/Luka)

The Canadian Keystone XL Siren Song

Keystone XL, first proposed over 12 years ago and given little chance for completion with the incoming and generally anti - fossil fuel Joe Biden administration, is pulling out all the stops in one last ditch effort to make its ultimate demise politically impossible. 

Company nameplate at the Hamburg office of DNV GL (copyright by Shutterstock/Hieronymus Ukkel)
Company nameplate at the Hamburg office of DNV GL (copyright by Shutterstock/Hieronymus Ukkel)

Den Norske Veritas - Germanischer Lloyd Opts Out of Nord Stream 2

Den Norske Veritas - Germanischer Lloyd (DNV GL), the acclaimed international accredited registrar and classification society headquartered in Norway and frequent and valuable participant in the annual Berlin Pipeline Technology Conference, has announced that it has had to stop working on Nord Stream 2 under the threat of US sanctions.

Pipeline construction (copyright by AdobeStock/Sergii Ryzhkov )
Pipeline construction (copyright by AdobeStock/Sergii Ryzhkov )

Western Australia gets the go-ahead for the construction of a 580 km pipeline

Western Australia gets the go-ahead for the construction of a 580 km pipeline, costing $460 million, which will connect the Western Perth onshore gas production basin with mining customers in the Midwestern and goldfields regions of Western Australia.

The Pioneering Spirit during the laying of the pipeline in Swedish waters(Copyright: Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream 2)
The Pioneering Spirit during the laying of the pipeline in Swedish waters(Copyright: Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream 2)

Nord Stream 2: It Appears Reports of Its Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Against all odds Nordstream 2, which for the past nearly 12 months looked as if it was literally dead in the water, is scheduled to resume construction on the last 120-km of the disputed pipeline on 5 December.

American flag waving with the Capitol Hill (copyright by Adobe Stock/rarrarorro)
American flag waving with the Capitol Hill (copyright by Adobe Stock/rarrarorro)

Nord Stream 2 Sanctions Now Part of US Defense Policy Bill Before Congress

In yet another move by the US government to prevent the 120-km pipe-laying completion of Nord Stream 2 on the floor of the Baltic, sanctions have been included  in the annual U.S. defense policy bill.

Construction of the Zeelink pipeline (copyright by Zeelink)
Construction of the Zeelink pipeline (copyright by Zeelink)

November sees the first testing of the new German Zeelink gas pipeline

Open Grid Europe has announced that its newly completed Zeelink gas pipeline will be tested in November and is expected to become operational, in spite of Covid restrictions as soon as March 2021. This 600-million-euro pipeline is the fruition of a joint venture between Open Grid Europe GmbH (OGE, 75 percent) and Thyssengas GmbH (25 percent).