Skip to Content

Gas pipelines. Gazprom

Russian gas to Europe now unstoppable as Finland starts pipeline work

The construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has kicked off in Finland, Nord Stream 2 AG said.

Published: September 7, 2018, 10:22 am

    “Today at 1:25 p.m. [Central European time] the Solitaire began work on the installation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Gulf of Finland,” said Nord Stream 2 AG. “Before and after the pipeline is installed, a research vessel will inspect the seabed to verify the exact position of the pipeline.”

    The planned construction will continue twenty-four hours a day and without stoppages. Nord Stream 2 is expected to start operating by the end of 2019.

    The Finnish transport agency and the border services have been alerted to security measures, while the construction will be carried out under the control of the national authorities.

    The Nord Stream 2 project involves linking two gas pipelines from Russia, via the Baltic Sea, to a hub in Germany, bypassing Ukraine. The project is a joint venture between Russia’s energy giant Gazprom, France’s Engie, Austria’s OMV AG, Dutch Royal Dutch Shell and Germany’s Uniper and Wintershall.

    Gas delivery will pass through the economic zones of Germany, Finland, Russia, Sweden and Denmark. Only Denmark has yet to approve construction. The USA and Ukraine have tried to halt the project, claiming that the pipeline will increase the dependence of European countries on Russian gas.

    The US can not prevent the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and “Germany can not leave Nord Stream 2 at the current stage,” the Russian-German Forum’s scientific director, Alexander Rahr, believes.

    According to Rahr “Europe needs gas, which can only come from Russia or Norway,” noting that “there are no other sources.”

    US President Donald Trump “will not be able to stop Nord Stream 2, because Germany, Austria and a number of other countries, particularly its business communities, will respond with a firm ‘no’,” said the expert on Russia.

    Detractors say the pipeline was designed to punish Kiev, enabling Russia to shut down its existing pipeline bringing gas to the EU through Ukraine.

    In July, US President Trump warned against the pipeline, accusing Germany of making itself “completely dependent” on Russian gas. He has also threatened to sanction European companies who invest in the pipeline.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    Europe

    Why does Switzerland’s UN representative want open borders?

    Jürg Lauber, the representative of Switzerland at the UN, was instrumental in writing The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, together with the representative from Mexico.

    Orban: ‘Europe without nations will cease to exist’

    HelsinkiEurope would lose its spiritual and cultural identity without its nations, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told his audience at a European People’s Party (EPP) congress in Helsinki on Thursday.

    Salvini already has a plan to cut Italy’s debt

    RomeThe European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi said at Monday's Eurogroup meeting with Economy Minister Giovanni Tria, that Italy needs to cut its high debt, EU sources said on Wednesday. The country's Interior Minister already has a plan.

    Dutch daily exposes cross-border grooming gangs

    AntwerpThe Dutch chapter of aid an organisation dealing with underage prostitution is working together with the Flemish municipality of Antwerp to tackle the increase in human trafficking and grooming gangs.

    Marine Le Pen beats Macron in latest poll

    ParisSovereignist parties secured a combined 30 percent of support in the latest poll with Marine Le Pen’s National Rally ahead of French President Emmanuel Macron’s party for the European Parliament elections.

    UK war propaganda outfit to move to The Netherlands

    The HagueThe pro-war British research collective Bellingcat is planning to expand into the Netherlands and to open a permanent office in The Hague, DutchNews.nl reported on Friday.

    French politician attacks UN Global Compact: ‘Time for change!’

    BrusselsNicolas Bay, member of the European parliament and co-president of the group “Europe of Nations and Freedom” gave an exclusive comment to FreeWestMedia on the “Global Compact for Migration”.

    French magazine outlines new hyperviolence linked to immigration

    ParisOne of France’s leading conservative news magazines has highlighted the "denial, abandonment and powerlessness" of the French state faced with hordes of foreigners who do not fit in and do not want to become French.

    Germany: Horror rapes and sexual assaults

    Yet another horror rape case in the Bavarian capital Munich, has caused outrage in Germany. Once again, the suspects are foreigners, asylum seekers from Afghanistan. Sadly, it is one of many such cases.

    AfD a clear winner in German regional election

    FrankfurtThe clear winner in Hesse's state elections this weekend was the AfD. Unlike the Greens and the FDP, the AfD now sits in all 16 state parliaments - five and a half years after its founding in Hesse's Oberursel.

    Go to archive