Nord stream-2 will be built bypassing the waters of Denmark
The company-operator Nord Stream 2 AG refused to lay a gas pipeline on the main route through the territorial waters of Denmark South of Bornholm island.
The company-operator Nord Stream AG 2 withdrew its bid for laying of gas pipeline Nord stream-2 through territorial waters of Denmark. The message on Friday, June 28, was distributed by the press service of the company.
As stated by the head of Nord Stream 2 AG Matthias Warnig, the company felt obliged to take such a step, «because, in the two years since the filing of the application, the Danish government has not shown the slightest signs to make a decision.»
We are talking about the main route of the gas pipeline, which was to pass to the South, owned by Denmark Bornholm island.
According to the report, the company has two alternative routes that should go North-West and South-East of the island, respectively. However, they will be routed through international waters and do not require permission from the Danish Foreign Ministry.
Denmark will consider alternative applications
The Danish Energy Agency stated that it had taken note of Nord Stream 2’s decision and was continuing to process two alternative applications.
The proposed routes pass outside the territory of Denmark and can be rejected only for environmental reasons or possible restrictions on navigation, the Department stressed.
Earlier, the head of Gazprom, Alexei Miller, said that even if it is not possible to obtain permission from Denmark, the construction of Nord stream 2 will be completed, as planned by the end of 2019.
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Two lines of the gas pipeline, which is an extension of the existing North stream, should connect the Russian Ust-Luga with the German Greifswald.
According to them, from Russia to Germany will be supplied up to 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year. Opponents of the construction are the transit countries of Russian gas — Ukraine and Poland — fearing the loss of transit payments, as well as a number of EU countries.
The white house threatened sanctions to companies involved in the construction of the pipeline.