The Danish Environmental and Food Appeals Board have revoked a permit issued by the Environmental Protection Authority for the construction of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline, according to the website of the kingdom’s transport system operator Energinet.
“On July 12, 2019, the Danish Environmental Protection Authority issued an environmental permit for the construction of the Baltic Pipe. On May 31, 2021, the Environmental and Food Appeals Board refused to grant the permit,” the statement said.
The reason for this decision was that the Environmental protection Agency did not sufficiently study the issue of protecting wildlife when laying the pipeline. Now we will have to suspend the construction of the Baltic Pipe.
Marian Kaag, Deputy Director and head of Construction Projects at Energinet, in turn, said that such a project “cannot but create inconvenience” due to its scale.
The Baltic Pipe gas pipeline between Denmark and Poland was planned to be launched in 2022, its capacity has not yet been disclosed, but it was previously stipulated that it would be at least five billion cubic meters per year. The Polish authorities are promoting it as a replacement for the Russian-German “Nord stream 2” project, which runs along the bottom of the Baltic Sea and has a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year. In addition to Poland, the United States, which promotes its liquefied natural gas in the EU, as well as Ukraine and the Baltic states, actively oppose “Nord stream- 2.” However, it has been implemented by 95 percent, and only a few tens of kilometers of pipes remain to be laid.