The Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline project from Russia to Germany received on June 7 the permit to construct and operate its planned pipeline system in the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), and one out of two constructions permits in Russia, the developer of the pipeline said in a press release.

The Swedish government decided to grant a permit that was represented by the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, which is in charge of the application. The permit covers an approximately a 510-kilometre-long route section in the Swedish EEZ.

“This is an important milestone for the Nord Stream-2 project. We are pleased to have obtained the Swedish government’s approval to construct and operate the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline,” said Lars O Grönstedt, Senior Advisor at Nord Stream-2. “We are now looking forward to continuing the productive cooperation and open dialogue with the Swedish authorities during the upcoming construction phase,” said Nicklas Andersson, Permitting Manager Sweden at Nord Stream-2. Preparatory seabed intervention works, such as pre-lay rock berms and concrete mattresses for cable crossings, will start at specific sections along the Swedish route in the coming months, while pipe laying in the Swedish EEZ is scheduled to start later this year.

In Russia, Nord Stream-2, received the construction permit for the Russian section of the planned pipeline from the Russian Ministry of Construction and Utilities in line with the established procedure, the pipeline developer said. Practical implementation of the project under the terms of newly issued permit will begin in the nearest future, taking into account environmental aspects and in line with the conclusion of the State Environmental Expert Review.

The practical implementation of the project, under the terms of a newly issued permit, will begin in the immediate future, Nord Stream-2 said.

“We are very pleased to have obtained this permit. This is the result of extensive and thorough teamwork that has been carried out throughout the comprehensive permitting process. This marks an important milestone for the Nord Stream-2 project,” Nord Stream 2 Chief Technical Officer Sergey Serdyukov said.

In Russia, Nord Stream 2 needs to obtain two main permits. In addition to the permit issued today, a permit for the construction of an underwater pipeline in the territorial sea of the Russian Federation will be obtained from the Russian Environmental Authority (Rosprirodnadzor). It is expected to be issued in the nearest future, Nord Stream 2 said.

To date, Germany, Finland and Sweden have granted all the necessary permits for construction and operation of the planned pipeline. The national permitting procedure in Denmark is ongoing.