Nord Stream-2, a gas pipeline connecting Russia with Germany, received its first construction permit Wednesday from the final destination country.
The Stralsund Mining Authority issued the permit for the construction and operation in German territorial waters and the landfall area in Lubmin (near Greifswald in northeastern Germany), in accordance with the German Energy Industry Act, Nord Stream-2 said in a press release.
“Today’s decision is an important milestone for European supply security and European consumers,” Sebastian Sass, an EU representative for Nord Stream-2, said in an email.
“The construction and operation of Nord Stream 2 will take place in full compliance with applicable EU law, national legislation and international conventions,” said Sass, adding that Nord Stream-2 said it submitted its permit applications and environmental impact assessments (EIA) materials to the relevant national authorities in the five “permitting countries” – Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany – in compliance with the applicable national legislation.
Under the Espoo Convention, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland were also involved in this international consultation process, Nord Stream-2 said.