The U.S. Department of State has expanded sanctions against the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline… The measures are aimed at preventing the completion of the construction of this facility.
As published on Oct 20 directives, the sanctions apply to companies and individuals who will provide any services for ships involved in the construction of a gas pipeline, laying pipes, etc.
Thus, the State Department has expanded the list of individuals and legal entities that may fall under the sanctions provided for by the PEESA law (on the protection of European energy security).
The sanctions can be applied to companies that provide services or production facilities for the modernization or installation of equipment on ships, as well as finance the modernization of such ships or the installation of equipment on them.
As part of the Nord Stream 2 project, the Russians plan to lay a pipeline across the Baltic Sea to deliver Russian gas to Europe. The gas pipeline’s capacity is 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year, the project cost is € 9.5 billion.
Gas pipeline construction stopped last December due to US sanctions… Project readiness is estimated at 94%.