MOSCOW, April 15 – RIA News. Nord Stream 2 has requested permission from Denmark for the construction of Nord Stream – 2 on the third route, according to a press release from the company, the project operator.
The new route will take place in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), south of the Danish island of Bornholm.
"This territory in the EEZ was previously disputed between Denmark and Poland, and therefore was not available for the development of any projects. An agreement between the two countries has now been reached, but not yet ratified by Poland," the statement says.
As stated, in turn, the Energy Agency of Denmark (DEA), the third application includes two route options that run along the continental shelf to the southeast of Bornholm.
“In March 2019, the Energy Agency of Denmark asked Nord Stream 2 AG to consider the southeast route that goes along the continental shelf. This request was made so that the DEA could guarantee the issuance of a permit along the most optimal route in terms of environmental and safety According to preliminary estimates, the southeastern route is the most appropriate, "said DEA.
However, the Danish authorities are not yet able to say exactly when they will be given permission to build a gas pipeline, since you first need to carry out an environmental assessment and "public consultation", the agency stressed.
According to the representatives of Nord Stream 2, Denmark specifically delays the implementation of the project, thereby undermining investor confidence. In addition to the new application, the first two are still in effect: on the construction of the Nord Stream – 2 in the territorial waters of Denmark, south of Bornholm, and in the EEZ northwest of Bornholm.
Gas pipeline construction
Nord Stream 2 provides for the laying of two gas lines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters a year from the coast of Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The project is being implemented by Nord Stream 2 AG. Gazprom invested half of the funds, Shell, OMV, Engie, Uniper and Wintershall provided the rest.
A new pipeline is planned to be completed in 2019, it remains to receive consent from Denmark. Thus, in August, Nord Stream 2 submitted an application for the second route of the Nord Stream – 2, simultaneously waiting for the decision of Copenhagen on the first, main route.
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