The Directorate-General for State Environmental Review of the Russian Federation (Glavgosexpertiza) has studied the documentation for the construction of Nord Stream 2 pipeline, through which gas will be delivered from Russia to Germany, the agency told Construction.RU today. Nord Stream 2 will consist of two pipelines running in parallel.
Environmentalists in Germany and Finland are still trying to halt licensing, saying authorities should take more care the pipeline does not endanger marine life.
The Nord Stream 2 project has said it will tap banks for financing in the fourth quarter of 2018 or early next year.
The new US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell said that "We are very concerned about the pipeline project". This secure supply of natural gas with its low Carbon dioxide emissions will also contribute to Europe's objective to have a more climate-friendly energy mix with gas substituting for coal in power generation and providing back-up for intermittent renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar power.
Denmark still has to rule whether the pipeline can be built near its coast, for which there is no concrete timing.
Poland's anti-monopoly office said last week it had launched proceedings against Gazprom and the five European firms financing Nord Stream 2 over a potential breach of anti-monopoly laws.
Some EU countries, including Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic States, have continuously spoken against Nord Stream 2, claiming that the project will increase Europe's dependence on imported Russian gas.