The certifier of “Nord stream-2,” the Norwegian company Det Norske Veritas – Germanischer Lloyd (DNV GL), withdrew from the project due to the threat of sanctions the United States.

“The US State Department has published new guidance on the European energy security protection act (PEESA). Accordingly, we believe that DNV GL’s activities in inspecting equipped vessels serving the “Nord stream-2″ project are subject to sanctions. Therefore, DNV GL has stopped providing services that may be subject to PEESA,” a company representative said.

As explained in DNV GL, the company was engaged in reviewing documentation and checking construction work for compliance with standards on the project. It also included monitoring the testing and preparation of equipment used on ships during the gas pipeline construction. Also, DNV GL was required to issue a certificate of compliance after the project was completed satisfactorily.

At the same time, the unfinished section of the pipeline is located in Danish waters. According to the Danish Energy Agency (DEA) rules, the Nord Stream 2 AG gas pipeline operator has the right to hire any third party who can provide a certificate of compliance with the country’s current legislation.

Nord Stream 2 AG did not comment on the situation.