Laying of the second line "Nord Stream" completed 18 April 2012. The press service of the company Nord Stream AG, the operator of the project.
The report notes that the thread will be ready for the start of gas supplies to Europe by the end of 2012. after commissioning and completion of technical gas. After reaching the design capacity of both lines fully automatic transmission system will be able to transport 55 billion cubic meters. meters of gas per year.
Commissioning works on the second line has already begun. Each of the three sections will be filled with sea water, is subjected to purification and calibration, and then pass the hydraulic strength test. After the end of the hydro section will be connected under water in May and June of this year in the waters of Sweden and Finland.
The gas pipeline "Nord Stream" — the longest underwater gas export route in the world. He goes through the Baltic Sea — from Portovaya Bay (near Vyborg in the Leningrad region) to the German coast (near Greifswald). The pipeline — about 1.2 thousand km. Among the shareholders of the project includes OAO "Gazprom" (51%), German E.On Ruhrgas (15,5%) and Wintershall AG (15,5%), a Dutch NV Nederlandse Gasunie (9%) and France’s GDF Suez (9% ). The first line was put into operation in November 2011.