Gazprom Export News Gazprom Export News Wed, 31 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0400 gazpromexport en Nord Stream 2 Project Receives Permit for German Territorial Waters Wed, 31 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0400 Nord Stream 2 AG today received the construction and operation permit for the planned pipeline in German territorial waters and the landfall area in Lubmin, near Greifswald. The Stralsund Mining Authority issued the official approval for this approximately 55-kilometre-long section of the pipeline in accordance with the Energy Industry Act (EnWG).

“This is a key decision, which now makes it possible to begin construction of the most important section of the new Nord Stream 2 offshore gas pipeline in German territorial waters and receiving terminal in Greifswald” — said Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee.

“This permit is the result of an extensive planning and consultation process. Nord Stream 2 is aware of its responsibility towards this sensitive natural habitat and has taken this into account in the planning phase. In addition to the environment, these considerations also include the interests of other parties concerned, such as the shipping and tourism industries,” said Jens Lange, Permitting Manager Germany at Nord Stream 2 AG. “This permit is an important milestone in the complex permitting process for the project as a whole.”

In early November 2017, Nord Stream 2 received the Stralsund Mining Authority’s approval of mining activities for the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline in the area of the German continental shelf (equivalent to the German Exclusive Economic Zone, or EEZ). This is a necessary precondition for the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) to issue its permit for the German EEZ, which is expected in the first quarter of 2018.

The national permitting procedures in the other four countries along the route — Russia, Finland, Sweden and Denmark — are also proceeding as planned. Nord Stream 2 has fulfilled all requirements and expects the permits to be issued in time for the scheduled start of construction in 2018.

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About Nord Stream 2

Nord Stream 2 is a planned pipeline through the Baltic Sea, which will transport natural gas over 1,200 km from the world’s largest gas reserves in Russia via the most efficient route to consumers in Europe. Nord Stream 2 will largely follow the route and design of the successful Nord Stream pipeline.
With Europe’s domestic gas production projected to halve in the next 20 years, Nord Stream 2’s twin pipeline system will help Europe to meet its future gas import needs, with the capacity to transport 55 billion cubic metres of gas per year, enough to supply 26 million European households. This secure supply of natural gas with its low CO2 emissions will also contribute to Europe’s objective to have a more climate-friendly energy mix with gas substituting for coal in power generation and providing back-up for intermittent renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar power.

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Eurogas comments on European Commission’s proposal to amend EU Gas Directive Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0400 The Eurogas industry association, representing the interests of 43 European gas market players, has published its position on the European Commission’s initiative to amend the Third Energy Package, which would extend to existing and future gas pipelines from outside the borders of the EU jurisdiction.

The European Commission submitted proposal to amend the Gas Directive 2009/73 / EC in November 2017 claiming that the decision to introduce them is being adopted "to improve the functioning of the EU internal energy market and enhance solidarity between Member States".However, according to Eurogas, this initiative could harm the industry, threatening both existing gas pipelines and new projects, including pipelines from the Eastern Mediterranean and the Caspian region.

Eurogas also notes that any changes in the Third Energy Package regarding the status of offshore gas pipelines still need to be assessed against potential incompatibilities with UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea).

Association believes that applying the Third Energy Package rules to the gas pipelines from third countries creates uncertainty for both the participants and consumers, and carries a potential threat to the existing contractual obligations. Retroactive changes in EU law affect the interests of existing and future gas suppliers and buyers who have concluded deals under the current legal regime.

If the European Commission initiative is implemented, a review of existing intergovernmental agreements will be required without guarantees that renewed agreements would still be mutually beneficial, and the sovereignty of EU member states in concluding future intergovernmental agreements will be curtailed.

Eurogas gives examples of existing pipelines, which legal regime will be affected by the European Commission’s initiative. These are: Medgaz (Algeria-Spain), TransMed (Tunisia-Italy), Green Stream (Libya-Italy), Maghreb-Europe Pipeline (Morocco-Spain), Europipe I+II, Norpipe (Norway-Germany), Nord Stream (Russia-Germany), Transmed Pipeline (Tunisia-Italy) and the United Kingdom pipelines (after Brexit).

Eurogas believes that the European Commission initiative aims to create benefits for the LNG import against the pipeline gas transportation. This creates risks for diversification of supply as well as for suppliers competition.

The full text of Eurogas view on the modification of the Gas Directive can be found on Eurogas website.