6 April 2018

Government of Finland Gives Consent to Nord Stream 2 Construction

On April 5, 2018, the Finland’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment gave the Government’s consent on the use of the Finnish Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) for the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

As noted in a press release of the Cabinet of Ministers of Finland, 374 kilometers of the 1,220 km-long pipeline will pass through the Finnish EEZ. Among the consent terms and conditions, the Finnish Government states that the project must be carried out without harm to the environment, and also should allow the implementation of potential other infrastructure projects in Finland’s EEZ at a later stage.

“We are very pleased to have obtained this permit after an extensive and thorough permitting process. It marks yet another important milestone for the Nord Stream 2 project,” said Tore Granskog, Permitting Manager in Finland at Nord Stream 2 AG.

The second permission, required from the regional administration of Southern Finland in accordance with the Water Act, is expected in the coming weeks. The necessary environmental research done for this purpose was highly appraised by the Finnish Association for Environmental Impact Assessment (FAIA).

Nord Stream 2 AG has already received the necessary set of approvals in Germany. The project company states that national permitting procedures in the other three countries along the route — Russia, Sweden and Denmark — are proceeding as planned.

Read more on Nord Stream 2 AG website and on Finnish Government Media Service Portal.

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