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German authorities to continue Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline construction

Source : 112 Ukraine

The environmental organizations intend to appeal the construction of the pipeline
11:40, 18 May 2021

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The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany has permitted to continue the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the exclusive economic zone in Germany after the temporary stop of works as Tagesschau reported.

The agency explained that the pipe routing in 2km-area will not harm the environmental protection of the Bay of Pomerania.

Two environmental organizations, the Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU) and Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH), filed an objection against the construction of the pipeline in January, referring to a particularly sensitive period of winter rest of birds.

“After careful consideration of all interests that should be taken into account, such location is needed for 2-km pipe routing to place the pipeline safely in the exclusive economic zone of Germany on the seabed for further construction,” the agency said.

Related: Blinken: US strongly opposes Nord Stream 2 pipeline

The aspects of the environmental protection do not impede it as the time of rest of birds has finished in this area. Nord Stream 2 Company has received permission to lay pipes on the seabed.

The environmental organizations intend to appeal the construction of the pipeline.

Currently, the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline continues in Danish waters but the works are almost finished. 13.9 km of the first line and 16.8 km of the second line of the pipeline should be laid in the German waters.

The project is finished by 95%.

Related: Zelensky: United States and Ukraine have the same position on Nord Stream 2

At the beginning of May, the German environmental non-governmental organization (NABU) filed a lawsuit with the Hamburg Administrative Court against the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The construction was suspended.

On April 13, another German environmental organization, Deutsche Umwelthilfe, also filed a complaint with the court demanding to cancel the regulator's decision to authorize the construction of Nord Stream 2 in the waters of the Federal Republic of Germany.

In December 2019, the U.S. introduced sanctions against the Nord Stream II, and Swiss-Dutch company Allseas stopped works on the pipeline; Russian gas monopolist Gazprom decided to complete the works on their own production capacities.

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