10 December 2010

Nord stream and environmental control

In Saint-Petersburg the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of the Environment of the Republic of Finland signed a Memorandum of Understanding for exchange of information on environmental conditions during construction of the Nord Stream offshore gas pipeline

The Memorandum was signed by the RF Natural Resources and Ecology Minister Yury Trutnev and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Environment of the Republic of Finland Hannele Pokka within the framework of a bilateral meeting between the Chairman of the Russian Federation Government Vladimir Putin and the Finnish Prime-Minister Mari Kiviniemi.

According to the Memorandum the parties will exchange information about the condition of the aquatic and geologic environment, the content of suspended loads and water biological resources.

The Memorandum is projected to remain in effect until completion of the construction of the Russian and Finnish gas pipeline sections in December 2012.

Nord Stream will directly link Russia and Germany. The project envisages construction of two lines (with the capacity of 27.5 bcm/year each), about 1,200 km long, under the Baltic Sea from the Portovaya Bay near Vyborg to the German coast near Greifswald. Gas supplies are projected to be started in 2011, the design output to be reached by 2016.

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