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Nord Stream 2 requests Finnish permit

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Gas pipeline company Nord Stream 2 AG has sent its application to the Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment for a permit to build a twin pipeline system through the Baltic Sea.

Swiss company Nord Stream 2 AG, a subsidiary of Gazprom, filed an application with the Finnish authorities earlier this week for permission to build the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Finland’s exclusive economic zone.

The 1200 km underwater pipeline would run for nearly 400 km in Finland’s economic zone, and would transport natural gas from Russia to Germany.

The permit can only be granted if the Finnish government gives it the green light. Nord Stream 2 AG is also negotiating with Russia, Sweden, Denmark and Germany.

Finland is worried about the pipeline's environmental impact. Prime Minister Juha Sipilä stated in Saint Petersburgl last Friday, that Finland’s stance on the pipeline was “neutral”.

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is due to be completed by the end of 2019. Nord Stream 2 AG is registered in Switzerland, and is owned by Russian energy giant Gazprom. Western energy companies Engie, OMV, Shell, Uniper and Wintershall have also invested in it.

Nord Stream 2 AG executives said that in Finland the procedure of obtaining the permission follows the procedure of assessing impact on the environment. The latter procedure was completed in July when the co-ordinating agency endorsed the ecological impact report as satisfactory.

The route and structure of the new pipeline will mostly replicate the already operational Nord Stream pipeline. It will stretch across the economic zones and/or territorial waters of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany.

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