Nord Stream 2 AG submitted its permit application for its planned offshore pipeline system to the Swedish government. The route will stretch for approximately 510 km on the Swedish continental shelf – outside Swedish national territory – and run broadly parallel to the existing Nord Stream pipelines.
The application includes a detailed technical description, a comprehensive environmental study (EIA) and atlases, and was filed to the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, in charge of the dossier. “The filing to the Swedish government is an important milestone for the Nord Stream 2 project. It sets off the project’s various national application processes,” says Nord Stream 2’s Chief Executive Officer Matthias Warnig.
Administrative Referral Phase, Followed by a Public Referral Phase
Sweden is the first jurisdiction where an application for the construction of Nord Stream 2 is filed, as the country’s permitting process includes a so-called administrative referral. This referral phase focuses on identifying additional documentation that may be required before the application goes public. Permit applications in the four other relevant jurisdictions – Russia, Finland, Denmark and Germany – are planned to be submitted early 2017. The five jurisdictions’ public national and international consultations are scheduled to run in parallel as of early 2017.
Minimal Environmental Impact on the Baltic Sea
Basing itself on the experience of the Nord Stream project and its environmental monitoring programme, the planned pipeline system is assessed to have a negligible environmental impact on the Baltic Sea. Nord Stream 2 has been committed to safety and environmental-friendly solutions throughout the planning of the project, and will continue in this spirit during the construction and the operational phase.
About Nord Stream 2
Nord Stream 2 will be a twin pipeline system that can transport natural gas from the world's largest reserves in Northern Russia to supply homes and businesses across Europe.
Funded by leading international energy companies, the project builds on the success and experience of Nord Stream, which opened twin pipelines through the Baltic Sea in 2011 and 2012. The new pipelines will increase capacity along the Baltic Sea route from Russia to Germany, helping to safeguard Europe's long-term energy security.