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Last Nord Stream 2 Pipe on Board of Fortuna with Crew (copyright by Nord Stream 2)
Last Nord Stream 2 Pipe on Board of Fortuna with Crew (copyright by Nord Stream 2)

Nord Stream 2 Finished: Last Pipe Has Been Welded in the Baltic Sea

Today, specialists on the laybarge Fortuna welded the last pipe of the two strings of the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline.The pipeline will be lowered to the seabed and finally connected to the other end, Nord Stream 2 AG announced on Monday.

Offshore rig for oil and gas (copyright by Shutterstock/Mr.PK)
Offshore rig for oil and gas (copyright by Shutterstock/Mr.PK)

CNOOC Accepts Delivery Of Buzzard Phase II Module

In the Scottish part of the North Sea, Chinese state-owned energy giant China National Offshore Oil Corp. International Ltd. (CNOOC), has accepted delivery of a new topsides module for its Buzzard Phase II project, some 96 km northeast of the port of Aberdeen, at a depth of about 96 m of water.

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

Nord Stream 2 Still Mired In Controversy

After all was said and done, even after U.S. President Joe Biden lifted remaining sanctions on Nord Stream 2 and after the United States and Germany together attempted to mitigate perceived strategic dangers of the 1230-km gas pipeline, the controversy surrounding Nord Stream 2 has seemingly no end in sight.

TC Energy logo at the head office in Calgary, Canada (copyright by Shutterstock/Brett Holmes)
TC Energy logo at the head office in Calgary, Canada (copyright by Shutterstock/Brett Holmes)

Long Delayed $9 bln Keystone XL Pipeline Project Has Been Cancelled By TC Energy Corp

On Wednesday, it was officially announced by its promoters TC Energy Corp behind the long delayed $9 billion Keystone XL Pipeline Project that it had been cancelled. This pipeline project, if completed, would have enabled the transportation of Albertan  tar sands to a Nebraskan pipeline hub, before onward transport by existing pipelines to Gulf coast refineries in Texas.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Headquarters in Washington, DC (copyright by Shutterstock/Mark Van Scyoc)
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Headquarters in Washington, DC (copyright by Shutterstock/Mark Van Scyoc)

Approval of the Gulf Run Pipeline Granted By FERC

Oklahoma-based, pipeline operator and developer Enable Midstream Partners, announced on June 2, that it had gained FERC ( Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) approval to construct and operate a new pipeline, named the Gulf Run Pipeline. Approval was granted under section 7C of the National Gas Act.

Pipeline valve being opened (copyright by Shutterstock/Oil and Gas Photographer)
Pipeline valve being opened (copyright by Shutterstock/Oil and Gas Photographer)

Largest Pipeline in The United States Re-Opened By Colonial Pipeline

With some 60 percent of gas stations in metro Atlanta out of gasoline and 43 percent in Georgia and South Carolina overall without fuel, Colonial Pipeline began to restart the nation's largest operating pipeline of 8851-km as the Southeast United States began to get out from under.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a press conference (copyright by Shutterstock/360b)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a press conference (copyright by Shutterstock/360b)

Construction Of Nord Stream 2 Defended By Merkel

Nord Stream 2 has been the centre of a long-running dispute between the United States and Germany. Washington has criticised Nordstream 2 for potentially increasing Europe’s dependence on Russian gas but at the same time seeing it as reducing opportunities for US liquid natural gas exports to Europe.

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

United States Senate Follows Up On Its Nord Stream 2 Threats

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee of the US Congress has acted to put some teeth into its much ballyhooed Nordstream 2 sanctions policy by approving The Ukraine Security Partnership Act.  This measure authorizes $300 million in foreign military financing, of which $150 million would be subject to conditions.

Phillips 66 logo on a smartphone screen (copyright by Shutterstock/rafapress)
Phillips 66 logo on a smartphone screen (copyright by Shutterstock/rafapress)

The Plug Is Pulled On The Liberty Pipeline Project

It is a year since the Houston based Phillips 66 consortium suspended the Liberty Pipeline project. It was not alone, for much of America’s oil and gas sector, ruthlessly cut new capital spending in response to Covid’s global suppression of demand for oil.