The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) unveiled last week includes an amendment that targets the Nord Stream 2, a natural gas pipeline that will run from Russia to Germany. The pipeline has long been in the crosshairs of Washington.
The original Nord Stream consists of two lines that run from Vyborg, Russia, to Lubmin, Germany, near Greifswald. The Nord Stream 2 project would add two more lines and significantly increase the amount of gas moving between the two countries. The project is estimated to be worth $11 billion and is about 90 percent complete.
The Nord Stream 2 project is being led by Russia's state energy firm Gazprom. The NDAA sanctions seek to halt the project by cutting off Gazprom's ability to upgrade its pipe-laying ship. Upgrades are required for the vessel to lay the type of pipe needed for certification and insurance purposes.