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Construction of the pipeline “Nord stream-2” will be completed in 2019. This was stated by the Chairman of the Board “Gazprom” Alexey Miller, reports “Interfax”.
Commenting on the recommendations of the project company Nord Stream AG 2 and their interpretation of “Naftogaz of Ukraine”, Miller in interview to TV program “Moscow. The Kremlin. Putin” noted that the legal obstacles to the completion of the pipeline there.
“All the statements that were made recently, they are not true, he said. And in General there is no any fatal legal impediments, which would not allow us to say that we can complete the construction of the “Nord stream-2″ to the end of the nineteenth year”.
Russian energy Minister Alexander Novak declared on March 29 that attempts by Denmark to delay the approval of the route of the “Nord stream-2” will not affect the stated start date of the project. In addition, according to TASS, according to the Ministry of energy, the new amendments to the gas Directive will not have a negative impact on the implementation of the project, because that is commercial in Europe are interested in it.
The Danish energy Agency on March 27 recommended that the project company Nord Stream AG to consider 2 the third option is to pass the pipeline in the territorial waters of the Kingdom: in the exclusive economic zone to the South of the island of Bornholm. It was noted that the preparation and approval of an application for a new route also will take some time, although plans to complete the construction of the pipeline this year.
In “Naftogaz of Ukraine” information from the Danish side took it as a refusal to issue building permits in the territorial waters of the country.
Denmark is the only country which has not yet issued a permit for the construction of “Nord stream-2” in its territory (it has provided Finland, Sweden and Germany). The power of the Kingdom said that the Russian project may cause damage to the Danish state and to increase energy dependence of Europe from Russia. Moscow has sent to the authorities of Denmark to 2017 and 2018 two prompts — first for the construction of gas pipeline in its territorial waters, the second in the exclusive economic zone.
At the end of March, Denmark submitted 2 Nord Stream AG, the requirement to include in the environmental assessment of a version of the gas pipeline in the Danish exclusive economic zone to the South of the island of Bornholm. Then concerns were raised that because of the position of Copenhagen, the pipeline will not be launched before the end of the year when the transit contract with Ukraine.
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