Nord Stream 2 starts offshore preparatory pipelay works in Germany
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Nord Stream 2 AG today started the offshore preparatory works for the subsequent pipelaying in the Bay of Greifswald. Five dredgers are now working on the trench for the two pipeline strings. “We ask all users of the Bay of Greifswald to inform themselves in advance via the official notice to mariners in the interest of their own safety,” said Georg Nowack, Construction Manager at Nord Stream 2 AG. “We have published an information flyer, which is available from marinas, the coast guard and on our website.”
All ongoing works are being carried out based on the planning approval for the construction and operation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in German territorial waters and at the landfall facilities, which was issued by the Stralsund Mining Authority on January 31, 2018.
Contrary to NABU’s claims, this approval is the result of a flawless planning and consultation process, which already started in April 2017 and has shown that the pipeline:
- is needed to cover a part of Europe’s future natural gas supply gap;
- will contribute to increasing security of supply and competition in the EU gas market;
- is the most efficient way, both economically and ecologically, to transport gas from the world’s largest reserves to consumers in Germany and Central Europe;
- can be built in an environmentally friendly way, with impacts being only local and temporary;
- can help achieve climate goals, as gas-fired power generation only emits half as much CO2 as coal-fired power generation.
In addition to Germany, Finland has also granted all the necessary permits for construction and operation. Offshore preparatory works have also started in Finland.
The national permitting procedures in the other three countries along the route – Russia, Sweden, and Denmark – are proceeding as planned. Further permits are expected to be issued in the coming months. Accordingly, scheduled construction works are to be implemented in 2018 as planned.
Nord Stream 2 is an international project for the construction of a gas pipeline across the Baltic Sea. The pipeline will provide reliable supplies of Russian natural gas to European consumers via the best possible route. Nord Stream 2 will largely follow the route and technical concept of the successful Nord Stream pipeline. The new gas pipeline will have the capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year, which will be sufficient to provide 26 million households with heat and electricity every year. Natural gas supplies will help lower CO2 emissions across the European Union, as well as create a more balanced energy mix with gas substituting for coal in power generation and providing back-up for intermittent renewables such as wind and solar power.