Denmark has allowed the construction of the Norway-Denmark-Poland gas pipeline via its territorial waters, while it remains the only country that has not decided to allow the works of the Nord Stream 2, the Russian gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea.
Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports, that the Baltic Pipe is part of the European Union’s Connecting Europe facility and is being developed in collaboration between the Danish gas and electricity transmission system operator Energinet and the Polish gas transmission system operator Gaz-System.
Energinet and Gaz-System took the decision to proceed with the Baltic Pipe project – expected to cost 2.1 billion euros – in November 2018. Work on the pipeline is expected to commence sometime in 2020.
«The Danish Energy Agency finds that the offshore pipeline project can be constructed and operated without unacceptable impact on the environment and safety,» the group of companies behind the pipeline said in a statement.
The Danish government has still yet to approve the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, much criticised in the Baltics, after declaring environment risks earlier in 2019. Of all the countries, through which Gazprom is building the pipeline to Germany under the Baltic Sea, Denmark is the only one still thinking.