U.S. sanction threats force Danish firm out of Nord Stream 2 – media

The company withdrew last autumn, the local publication wrote, fearing potential implications.REUTERSREUTERS

The prospect of severe U.S. sanctions led the consulting firm Rambøll to withdraw from Russia’s controversial natural gas project Nord Stream 2.

In the last phase of the Nord Stream 2 project, the Rambøll consultancy eventually bowed to the threat of U.S. sanctions, Politiken reports.

On the Nord Stream 2 site the Danish firm is mentioned as the project’s environmental consultancy. It had carried out research of the environmental impact and provided the relevant assessment reports.

Rambøll and the Nord Stream 2 operator said they would not comment on the case.


Norway’s risk management and quality assurance firm DNV GL has suspended work on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project led by Russia’s Gazprom for fear of being sanctioned by the United States, it said late November 2020.

DNV GL said the United States had issued new guidelines for its Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act (PEESA), which targets the Nord Stream 2 project.

DNV GL said its work involved reviewing documentation and observing construction activities to ensure compliance with its standards. This included monitoring the testing and preparation of equipment used by vessels to install the pipeline.

(c)UNIAN 2021

One comment

  • It’s needless to say, I know, but it would be good to see this project finally die.
    What strikes me as odd and desperate is that recently, the state government of Mecklenburg-Vorpomern is attempting to circumvent looming U.S. sanctions on Nord Stream 2 with the help of a “climate foundation”. Yes, you read right. They have created a “climate foundation” for a project that environmental groups are criticizing for the pipeline’s impact on the environment.

    “NGO Environmental Action Germany (DUH) called on the state parliament to decide against the foundation. ‘The foundation is a front organisation whose sole purpose is to further the construction of Nord Stream 2,’ said managing director Sascha Müller-Kraenner. Instead of protecting the climate, the foundation will “fuel the climate crisis”, he said, and added that German and European climate targets are threatened by the pipeline.”

    Fact is that by drilling for and transporting natural gas, methane is inadvertently released into the atmosphere especially when a country is involved that doesn’t give a rat’s ass for the environment, like mafia land. Anyone with a bit of knowledge knows that methane is a far more powerful greenhouse gas than CO2. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the hypocrisy of Germany’s latest effort to whip this project through. It has as much to do to help the environment as a pedophile helps a child.

    Let’s face it; the government of Germanystan from state-level on upwards is packed full of hypocrites, charlatans, and phony tricksters. They have had great success fooling its gullible population and the rest of the world too.
    The project must die and the sooner the better and not only to damage mafia land but for the sake of the environment too.

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