The Danish Energy Agency granted the Nord Stream 2 AG company a permit on Thursday to operate a section of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline on Denmark’s continental shelf and territorial waters.
Nord Stream 2 AG applied for a permit to operate the Nord Stream 2 pipelines on the Danish continental shelf in November 2019
The Danish Energy Agency said that commissioning would only take place when at least one of the pipelines has been tested, verified and when relevant conditions in the construction permit and the operations permit have been met for the pipeline that will link Russia with Germany.
"The permit is granted pursuant to Section 2 of Executive Order No. 1520 of 15 December 2017 on Certain Pipeline Installations in Danish Territorial Waters and on the Danish Continental Shelf and in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. According to which Denmark is obliged to allow the construction and operation of transit pipelines," the Agency explained.
The pipeline project on the Danish continental shelf is part of a larger pipeline project, consisting of two parallel pipelines with a total length of 1,230 kilometers for the transport of gas from Russia to Germany.
The natural gas pipelines starts in Russia, passes through Finnish, Swedish, Danish and German marine areas, and makes landfall on the German coast.
The pipelines can transport 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year. The authorities in Russia, Finland, Sweden, Germany, and Denmark have all granted permits for the project.
The pipeline project has garnered much criticism both from the US Administration and many European countries, including Poland and Ukraine, which say that it will give Russia greater political and economic leverage over Germany and others that are dependent on Russian gas.
By Murat Temizer