MOSCOW, February 21 – RIA Novosti. Nord Stream 2 operator Nord Stream 2 AG has filed an application with the Federal Office for Shipping and Hydrography (BSH) for an immediate permit to build a gas pipeline in German waters, radio station NDR reported.
BSH confirmed they received the request and added that they are considering it. It has not yet been announced when the regulator will make a decision on the application.
Thus, Nord Stream 2 AG reacted to the complaint of German environmental organizations – Deutsche Umwelthilfe and the Union for the Conservation of Nature. They objected to the permit issued by BSH to build a pipeline in German waters, explaining that the regulator allegedly did not take into account the arguments regarding environmental and climate protection.
BSH concluded that the section of Nord Stream 2 runs along the edge of a bird sanctuary, but because the pipe runs deep enough, it considered the pipeline had little impact on some migratory birds. The regulator also noted that there is already active shipping in the construction area.
Last week, Germany's BSH extended the permit for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Nord Stream 2 AG until May 15th.
Nord Stream 2 envisages the construction of two lines of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters a year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The project is actively opposed by the United States, which is promoting its liquefied natural gas to the EU, as well as Ukraine and a number of European countries. The states imposed sanctions on the gas pipeline in December 2019, as a result of which the Swiss Allseas was forced to stop laying.
Construction resumed a year later – in December 2020, the Fortuna pipelayer laid 2.6 kilometers of pipes in German waters. It remains to lay 120 kilometers in the waters of Denmark and about 28 kilometers in the waters of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Danish authorities have agreed on the possibility of laying with the help of “Fortuna” from January 15th, the German permit for this vessel is valid until the end of May.