The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project announced on April 12 that it has officially completed the permitting procedure in Finland.

“The successful conclusion of the permitting procedures in Germany and today Finland illustrates our commitment to an open, transparent dialogue with the relevant Baltic Sea stakeholders and authorities,” Nord Stream 2 EU representative Sebastian Sass said.

Nord Stream 2 AG received the second of two permits required to construct and operate the planned natural gas pipeline in the Finnish Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The permit was granted on April 12 by the Regional State Administrative Agency Southern Finland in accordance with the Water Act, the project developer said.

The first permit received last week was with the Government’s consent for the use of the Finnish EEZ.

“This is an important day for our project: following a very thorough analysis and extensive engagement, the Finnish authorities have approved our detailed plans to construct and operate the 374-kilometre Finnish section of the 1,230-kilometre Nord Stream 2 Pipeline. We look forward to continuing the constructive co-operation with the authorities during the construction and subsequent operation phases of the project as they monitor the implementation of our plans,” said Tore Granskog, Permitting Manager Finland at Nord Stream 2 AG.

The Finnish permitting procedure was initiated in the autumn of 2017 after the environmental impact assessment (EIA) phase, which was a pre-requisite for moving on to the permitting phase, Nord Stream 2 said.

The EIA and statements received during the consultations are used as a basis for decision-making in permitting. Nord Stream 2’s Finnish EIA report was awarded a “Good EIA Award” by the Finnish Association for Impact Assessment in March 2018 and was credited for the inclusion of an extensive amount of information about the project’s implementation alternatives and their environmental impacts, among others. During the process, extensive consultations were carried out with various stakeholders, according to Nord Stream 2.

According to Nord Stream 2, all necessary permits needed for the project have also been received in Germany. The national permitting procedures in the other three countries along the route – Russia, Sweden, and Denmark – are going ahead as planned.