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Not at the last line. May Chronicles of "Potok"

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Plus gasification of the whole country


May 2021 year. Despite the message in the subtitle, don't even dream of socialism. Even the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, if it suddenly wins the parliamentary elections, which is hard to believe, you will not be able to organize it. But...

Using for the next chronicles the title of the legendary novel by Valentin Pikul, we hardly got rid of the temptation to look into the past a little differently. Through Literaturnaya Gazeta and the 12 Chairs Club, popular before the fierce battles for a subscription, on its back page.

There was published "Stormy Stream" by Yevgeny Sazonov, who never became Kozma Prutkov of the 2021th century, although he was quoted regularly then, even by the leaders of the country. So the saga with the long-suffering second "Nord Stream" in May XNUMX came to the very line when everyone is aware, but few really understand anything.

But the process is going on. And this, you see, is the main thing, although this will not add gas to the homes of Russians somewhere in the wilderness of the Perm Territory. To promise is not to marry. Perhaps they will reach the line, but at Gazprom's prices, very many are unlikely to agree to receive that gas.

By all indications, the Russian public should have been overwhelmed with applause both on the victory, almost a foregone conclusion, in the struggle for the flow, and on the long-awaited promises to gasify Russia. Nevertheless, there will be enough in the chronicles.

There were already quite a few events, even if in May they were regularly overshadowed by others. Let's start with the main thing - there is an agreement on a meeting between the leaders of Russia and the United States, and the second of them on the topic of "flow" is quite openly backing down.


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The explanation from Joe Biden is the envy of the pragmatist Don Trump. Because there is no benefit from sanctions at colossal costs. By the way, from the exit from the "nuclear deal" - too, and there "sleepy Joe" backtracks after the galloping "Donald rabbit".

Perhaps, in general, the time has come for the trading world after the trade wars? However, do not flatter yourself ...

This is not surrender


Let's remind for a start that in the last days of April came the long-awaited news: in the waters of Denmark, the Akademik Chersky, a crane-assembly transport-laying vessel KMTUS, again joined the construction of the first string of Nord Stream-2.

At the same time, the transport and stowage barge TUB "Fortuna", occupied on the second line, was prepared for work at a difficult intersection - at the intersection of the second stream with the first. The ships of the Baltic Sea remained in the construction zone. fleet Russian Navy.

3 May. The German Foreign Ministry made it clear to the American State Department that it is unrealistic to use the Nord Stream 2 project to put pressure on Russia, especially since Europe buys the same Russian gas via other routes.

The Americans were also reminded that they buy significant volumes of oil from Russia. While completing the construction of SP-2, Russian Gazprom does not stop using the Ukrainian route for gas supplies to Europe. Additional volumes are purchased at regular auctions.

However, an increase in the volume of Ukrainian transit is unlikely, since the gas corporation is not ready to overpay. In addition, the policy of “drying up” the European market, used from the experience of the XNUMXs, is effective.

5 May. It became known that according to Gazprom's reports for 2020, there was an eight-fold decrease in net profit. The concern described the situation as expected, and experts say the result is not bad for such a difficult year.


Photo: gazprom.ru

At the Investor Day, Gazprom representatives recalled the growth in gas demand in key markets, primarily in China. The concern plans to continue to follow the new vector for the development of low-carbon energy, including ensuring the prospect of using the Nord Streams for the transportation of hydrogen.

May 5-6. TUB "Fortuna", which after a ten-day pause returned to the construction of the gas pipeline on May 2, practically did not move over the next three days. Meanwhile, KMTUS "Akademik Chersky", having covered 1,669 km in five days, unexpectedly left the area of ​​work.

May 6-11. TUB Fortuna returned to construction and was preparing to cross the intersection with Nord Stream-1. KMTUS "Akademik Chersky" has also returned to the construction area.

And not even a separate world


11 May. The laying of pipes for the first offshore section of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline has resumed near the construction site of SP-2. The world's largest pipe-laying vessel, Pioneering Spirit, owned by the Swiss company Allseas, has been involved in the construction.

Not at the last line. May Chronicles of "Potok"

The part of the pipeline adjacent to the Danish coast was laid by the Tog Mor pipelayer in the first days of May.

13 May. After the completion of preparation, TUB "Fortuna" promptly laid a part of its second string, Nord Stream 2, which crosses the existing Nord Stream.


KMTUS "Akademik Chersky" has completed the construction of its first section in the Danish EEZ and continues to work after turning slightly to the west.

May 14-17. Russian vessels actively used favorable weather in the construction zone of the "Nord Stream-2" in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of Denmark to the south of the island. Bornholm.

17 May. The Federal Maritime Hydrographic Agency of Germany (Bundesamt für seeschifffahrt und hydrographie, BSH) announced permission to "immediately continue the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas trunkline (MGP) in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of Germany."

The temporary suspension of the permit issued until the end of May was related to the claims of the environmental organizations Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) and Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU).

Environmentalists are expressing alarm at every step of the Russian builders, not paying attention to the work on the Baltic Pipe, which is being carried out by the Swiss ship Pioneer Spirit.


19 May. It became known that the US administration will refrain from imposing sanctions on the operator of the Nord Stream 2 construction project - Nord Stream 2 AG and its head M. Warnig.

At the same time, the US State Department reported that in the near future they will send a report to Congress with a list of persons, as well as several Russian ships that are involved in activities subject to US sanctions related to the construction of Nord Stream 2.

After a protracted confrontation, experts from the US administration of the United States managed to "To determine that the only possible way to stop Nord Stream 2 is to impose sanctions against end-users of gas in Germany."

And at the same time, they came to the conclusion that "this will completely spoil the American-German relations."

The calm after the storm?


20 May. The report announced the day before was presented to the US Congress. A statement has been published on the State Department's website. The list of sanctioned companies and individuals participating in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline includes 4 vessels, 5 organizations and 1 individual.


Photo: Nord Stream AG

Unexpectedly for everyone, the project operator, Nord Stream 2 AG, and its executive director M. Warnig (pictured) were included in it. At the same time, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, commenting on the decision, noted that it is in the US national interests to abandon sanctions against Nord Stream 2 AG, M. Warnig and company officials.

22 May. The sanctions have passed the procedure of "implementation" in the US Treasury. At the same time, the project operator, Nord Stream 2 AG, and its top managers are not on the OFAC list.

On the same day, TUB "Fortuna" completed the construction of the final section of the second string of "Nord Stream-2" in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of Denmark and entered the EEZ of Germany.

27 May. It is reported that TUB "Fortuna" can fully complete the construction of the second line of the SP-2 by June 4, 2021.

31 May. TUB "Fortuna" and KMTUS "Akademik Chersky" continued work on laying the first and second strings of the Nord Stream-2 pipeline.
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  1. antivirus
    antivirus 2 June 2021 15: 08
    +6
    some nonsense.
    Gl-through which gaskets money will go to the Russian Federation for gas and certification. insurance SP2. licenses. periodic checks. harm to the herring. harm to seagulls and cormorants. harm to algae --- and they will come up with
    "insure brother, insure ......" the pipe will give a quick profit - the goal of the United States and their henchmen - to destroy Gazprom as a competitor, not SP2.
    at 22 g we are waiting for Japanese and Australian "ecologists" on the topic of herring off Sakhalin
    1. knn54
      knn54 2 June 2021 17: 28
      +5
      Merkel and her parties consider the issue to be economic, not political.Therefore, they did not question the project either after Crimea and Donbass, or after the assassination of Boris Nemtsov, or even after the attack of Russian hackers on the Bundestag.
      I think that the events in the Republic of Belarus will not affect her opinion.
  2. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins 2 June 2021 15: 09
    -7
    And I really thought:
    1. 210ox
      210ox 2 June 2021 15: 20
      -1
      Have you thought about the wilderness of the Perm Territory will write? Or about free gas connections to citizens' homes?
      1. smart ass
        smart ass 2 June 2021 16: 19
        +8
        Throughout the year, the country follows the Nord Stream like a Mexican TV series. Passion for the Nord Stream
        1. ccsr
          ccsr 2 June 2021 18: 48
          +10
          Quote: Clever man
          Throughout the year, the country follows the Nord Stream like a Mexican TV series. Passion for the Nord Stream

          But the tonality of some of our "opera singers" has changed dramatically. If earlier many of them sang to us that they would not let us finish building the SP-2 or they would build it, but the gas will not be started, now new notes have sounded:
          Perhaps they will do it, but at Gazprom's prices, very many are unlikely to agree to receive that gas.

          We'll have to upset these "forecasters" - they will finish construction this year, and the gas will go over time, and the price will be cheaper than in transit through Ukraine, if only due to the shorter route.
          So I think we will still have a debriefing, when some rabid screamers will be presented with their words that the stream will not be completed.
          1. Sergey Obraztsov
            Sergey Obraztsov 2 June 2021 19: 25
            +2
            We'll have to upset these "forecasters" - they will finish construction this year, and the gas will go over time, and the price will be cheaper than in transit through Ukraine, if only due to the shorter route.


            Rather, due to the smaller number of intermediaries. And Germany needs this project much more than the Russian Federation. It is for this reason that Merkel is worn with him like a written sack, and the leadership of Gazprom and the Russian Federation by and large is silent in a rag. Our economy will not die without gas supplies + Germany itself will turn into some kind of hub that will receive a margin by selling gas on its border. And by the way, pipes from the coast to their border tied to SP2 are already ready.

            I myself bought Gazprom shares for half of my savings in shares on May 25 (I invested the other half in nornickel). Now the price tag gives + 4.3%. It's only the beginning. I am not campaigning for anyone if anything, and the amount I have is 50k wooden for the whole thing. But at least a bit of the "heritage of Russia" I hope I'll put it in my pocket))
            1. Civil
              Civil 3 June 2021 07: 43
              -2
              So many sanctions were imposed against individuals and organizations beyond the Nord Stream - 2) But these individuals transferred the transit sanctions to the population) well, we are not used to anything) because there are no losses from the sanctions, everyone is happy.
          2. tralflot1832
            tralflot1832 3 June 2021 13: 41
            +1
            If you are interested, Fortuna is now less than 1300 meters away. The tug Murman is preparing flowers and champagne. The Murman marker is standing over the second end of the pipe. The Governor of the Leningrad Region yesterday, when visiting the onshore infrastructure of Nord Stream 2 in the Kengisep District, said: Next week testing begins gas pumping equipment. hi good drinks
        2. Grits
          Grits 3 June 2021 10: 18
          -4
          Quote: Clever man
          Throughout the year, the country follows the Nord Stream like a Mexican TV series. Passion for the Nord Stream

          Only the Russians didn’t get more gas from this and it didn’t become cheaper. For example, 10 km past me 10 years ago. The Sakhalin-Vladivostok gas pipeline passed safely. The gas promises to every house were over the roof. As a result, the entire population on both sides of this gas pipeline continues to safely use gas cylinders for stoves (we never even dreamed of heating) and Chinese gas cans for small Chinese tiles.
      2. bk316
        bk316 3 June 2021 12: 46
        0
        Or about free gas connections to citizens' homes?

        Why write about it? The law on free gas connection was adopted YESTERDAY. It remains for Putin to sign, but this will not be delayed.
        1. smart ass
          smart ass 3 June 2021 14: 00
          0
          What prevented this law from being signed 20 years ago? Or is it necessary for the elections?
          1. bk316
            bk316 3 June 2021 15: 36
            +3
            What prevented this law from being signed 20 years ago?

            20 years ago, the GDP would have simply been thrown off for such a law. This is a colossal feeder for the locals. across the country there are hundreds of firms owned by local officials who live from the last mile.
            Now, by the way, they will also resist, and they will look for loopholes in the law and raise a howl that Muscovites are taking their money away. AND
  3. Daniil Konovalenko
    Daniil Konovalenko 2 June 2021 15: 13
    +3
    Just the Chronicles of Narnia
  4. cniza
    cniza 2 June 2021 15: 25
    +9
    Perhaps they will do it, but at Gazprom's prices, very many are unlikely to agree to receive that gas.


    Bring the source, otherwise it looks like ABS ...
    1. Reptiloid
      Reptiloid 3 June 2021 03: 13
      0
      hi words appear in different plots - they say, we don't really need it, if they don't finish it. Say, now, the Russian Federation can sell LNG, but before it could not .... how's that ???
  5. APASUS
    APASUS 2 June 2021 15: 40
    +2
    Chronicle of the struggle of industrial financial groups!
    If they build a stream, they won't break off and build it, just the same.
    1. Boris55
      Boris55 3 June 2021 09: 27
      +1
      Quote: APASUS
      If they build a stream, they won't break off and build it, just the same.

      About 30% of the country's budget is made up of oil and gas revenues, so we will break off. Unlike the United States, we do not print money, we earn it. The option that they will not build is not negotiable. Starting next week, Nord Stream 2 will start test gas launches.
  6. BAI
    BAI 2 June 2021 15: 45
    -6
    that the only possible way to stop Nord Stream 2 is to impose sanctions against end consumers of gas in Germany. "

    The United States will not stop SP-2. And there will be no sanctions against end consumers. Why would they spoil relations with Germany? But it is easy to impose sanctions against certifying companies. And a non-certified gas pipeline cannot be operated. Those. the pipe will be, but empty, without gas.
  7. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 2 June 2021 16: 18
    +2
    Fortune has 4 km left to the junction, which is scheduled for May 4-5. Plus 72 hours for the junction itself in good weather. Gazprom has simply wild figures for deliveries to Europe, and past Ukraine, 70% of contracts were concluded at spot prices, there are even options " delivery tomorrow. "We are moving away from the oil gas formula, the price in six months. And this is just the beginning.
    1. tralflot1832
      tralflot1832 2 June 2021 16: 57
      +4
      On June 4 - 5, of course, I apologize. It remains to break the last line of defense of the enemies: Certification of pipelines. I wonder if any of the critics have come across at least one foreign register.
      1. Revival
        Revival 2 June 2021 18: 00
        0
        Yes, I couldn't resist)) hi
    2. Revival
      Revival 2 June 2021 17: 04
      +2
      "Fortune has 4 km left before the junction, which is planned for May 4-5. Plus 72 hours for the junction itself in good weather."

      Even with excellent weather, May 4, 5 is still far away))
      1. tralflot1832
        tralflot1832 2 June 2021 17: 27
        +3
        Sixteen hours ago, Fortuna had less than three kilometers left, so on the night of June 16-4, it is possible for her to stand above the junction, then take the two ends of the pipelines overboard, which still needs to be installed, and finally weld in the last connecting section. From 5 hours to a week. The weather is everything here. If there is a storm, drop the pipe overboard and then start all over again.
        1. Revival
          Revival 2 June 2021 17: 59
          +1
          "really on the night of June 4-5".

          Well, if it's June, then it's already easier.
          But until May 4, 5 it's a bit too long ..))
  8. 123456789
    123456789 2 June 2021 20: 39
    +2
    Quote: Sergey Obraztsov
    I myself bought Gazprom shares for half of my savings in shares on May 25 (I invested the other half in nornickel). Now the price tag gives + 4.3%. It's only the beginning. I am not campaigning for anyone if anything, and the amount I have is 50k wooden for the whole thing. But at least a bit of the "heritage of Russia" I hope I'll put it in my pocket))


    I'm not a freeloader - I'm a partner! laughing
  9. Peaceful SEO
    Peaceful SEO 2 June 2021 20: 56
    +4
    No offense, the article is more like an incoherent stream of thoughts ... and speculation. Doesn't feel like analyzing
  10. certero
    certero 3 June 2021 08: 07
    -1
    Well, let's be honest with ourselves. The main goal of Nord Stream-2 was to bypass the non-brothers, so as not to pay them money for pumping.
    So far, the fulfillment of this task in full is not seen as Gazprom signed an agreement on the terms of download or pay
    1. Grits
      Grits 3 June 2021 10: 21
      -3
      Quote: certero
      Well, let's be honest with ourselves. The main goal of Nord Stream-2 was to bypass the non-brothers, so as not to pay them money for pumping.

      The main goal was to prevent American liquefied shale gas from entering the European market. In order not to lose this market then completely.
      1. Asad
        Asad 4 June 2021 03: 27
        0
        This is what Putin and Biden will talk about, dividing the European market. Well, of course, this is not one issue on the agenda.