Yesterday, U.S. House Representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Denny Heck (D-WA), Mike Turner (R-OH), and Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) filed a bipartisan House companion bill of the U.S. Senate’s Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Clarification Act, which will impose sanctions that make it impossible to complete the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
Naftogaz is once again grateful to the U.S. House Representatives, their Senate counterparts, and other friends of Ukraine in the United States who ensured passage of the Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act (PEESA) last year and have now introduced the PEESA Clarification Act in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. As a reminder, this new legislation follows last year’s successful passage of PEESA in the annual U.S. defense budget bill, which sanctioned the use of deep-sea pipe-laying vessels to build Nord Stream 2.
The PEESA Clarification Act will impose sanctions against: (1) companies that engage in any “pipe-laying activities,” which are defined as “activities that facilitate pipe-laying, including site preparation, trenching, surveying, placing rocks, stringing, bending, welding, coating, lowering of pipe, and backfilling”; (2) companies providing “underwriting services or insurance or re-insurance” services for pipe-laying vessels; (3) companies providing “services or facilities for technology upgrades or installation of welding equipment for, or retrofitting or tethering of,” pipe-laying vessels; and (4) companies providing “services for the testing, inspection, or certification necessary for or associated with the operation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.”
Naftogaz respectfully calls on the U.S. Congress to pass the PEESA Clarification Act without delay.
NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine