The Danish Energy Agency has permitted the construction of a section of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline running along the Danish continental shelf Southeast of Bornholm Island in the Baltic Sea. This is stated in the message of the Department.
The Agency explained that in accordance with the UN Convention on the law of the sea and the law on the continental shelf, the Danish authorities are obliged to issue permits for the construction of transit pipelines, subject to requirements aimed at protecting the environment. At the same time, the authorities have the right to specify the route of such a pipeline.
The Ministry explained that Nord Stream 2 AG has proposed various options for the route of the “Nord stream-2” gas pipeline through the waters of Denmark. After studying them, the Danish Energy Agency found the shortest option preferable, in which the gas pipeline skirts the island of Bornholm from the Southeast. Thus, the length of the Danish section of “Nord stream-2” will be 147 km.
“We are pleased to receive Danish permission to build Nord Stream 2 through the Danish continental shelf zone in the Baltic Sea to the South— East of Bornholm Island,” said Samira Kefer Andersson, Danish government relations Manager at Nord Stream 2 AG. “We will continue to work constructively with the Danish authorities to complete the construction of the pipeline,” she added.
Nord Stream 2 AG is working to complete the project in the coming months, a company spokesman told.
The construction of “Nord Stream – 2” through the waters of Germany and Finland has already been fully completed, Denmark was the last EU country that did not agree on the route of “Nord Stream -2.” In early October, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gazprom Viktor Zubkov said that the delay is geopolitical.
The design capacity of Nord stream-2, like the previously built Nord stream, is 55 billion cubic meters per year.
On October 25, the Danish authorities agreed to the construction of a competitor of Nord stream in their waters — the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline, through which up to 10 billion cubic meters of gas from Norwegian fields in the North Sea is planned to be delivered to Poland annually. The route of the Baltic Pipe intersects with the route of the existing Nord Stream gas pipeline, which supplies Russian gas to Germany, and the “Nord Stream -2”, which is being built next to it.