Germany approved the construction of a new gas pipeline

Germany issued all the permits necessary for the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline through its territory and the exclusive economic zone. The project requires permits from Finland, Sweden and Denmark to start construction, which is scheduled to start in the middle of the year.
The Federal Office for Shipping and Hydrography of Germany issued a permit to the Nord Stream project company for the construction of a 31 km long gas pipeline in the exclusive economic zone of Germany in the Baltic Sea. Thus, coupled with a permit issued in late January by the Stralsund Ministry for construction on the territory and in the territorial waters of Germany, now Nord Stream 2 has all the permits for the construction of the 85 km of the German section of the gas pipeline.
The document notes that the German experts carried out “a thorough check, including an environmental impact assessment,” and only after that approved the project.
“We are pleased that all the necessary permits for the German section with a total length of 85 km have been obtained,” the Russian embassy in Germany quotes the manager for obtaining permits in the FRG of the Nord Stream-2 project, Jens Lange.
The representatives of the Nord Stream-2 project recalled that in January the Stralsund Mining Authority issued a permit for the construction and operation of the offshore section of the gas pipeline in the territorial waters of Germany (within 12 nautical miles) and its land area. In the process of consideration are the permits of the regulators of four more countries along which the pipe will be laid, besides Russia, these are Finland, Sweden and Denmark.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian company Naftogaz reacted extremely negatively to Germany’s decision to allow the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, which should connect Russian suppliers with gas consumers in Europe. Concern called the actions of Berlin unpleasant, but predictable.
A statement was posted on the company’s Facebook page. “The best defense for Ukraine, which will help us and our allies, is the completion of the reform of the gas market.” The struggle continues, Naftogaz said.
The company noted that Germany “persistently calls this project exclusively commercial,” but most EU countries, Ukraine, the United States and Canada hold a different point of view.
“Nord Stream-2” is a landmark project that really will increase the supply of Russian gas and reduce dependence on transit countries. That is why the opponents of the project are trying to use in their favor any political uncertainty. It is known that the contract for the transit of gas through the territory of Ukraine is coming to an end, moreover, there are legal proceedings to break this contract. Therefore, the availability of new and economically more efficient and attractive pipelines for the project participants becomes not only expedient, but necessary. Without this, the issue of energy supply of European countries can be quite acute.
“Nord Stream-2” will be laid along the bottom of the Baltic Sea and will reach Germany, bypassing Poland and Ukraine. Its total capacity will be 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year. It is expected that the gas pipeline will be commissioned in late 2019.

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