Nord Stream II AG company received the official permission to construct and use the namesake pipeline in Germany's exclusive economic area.
The federal authority for navigation and hydrography issued the document, which allows the enterprise construct the 30-kilometer-long section, as foreseen by Germany's legal framework. 'We're glad to get all the necessary permissions for construction of the German section of the pipeline', Jens Lange, the company's manager for permissions procurement said.
Russia’s leading energy enterprise Gazprom and its partners are ready to start the implementation of the project in April 2018. The 1,200-kilometers-long pipeline is to be laid through the Baltic Sea, linking Russia and Germany – bypassing Ukraine, Poland, and the Baltic States. The capacity will be twice larger than that of Nord Stream I. The construction is to be complete by late 2019.
Ukraine, certain EU countries, and the U.S. oppose the construction of Nord Stream II, saying the very initiative threatens the EU's energy independence.