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Danish Government approves construction permit for gas pipeline in Danish section of Baltic Sea

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The Danish Government has approved a construction permit for Gaz-System’s pipeline to be laid in the Danish section of the Baltic Sea.

The issued permit covers both pipeline sections to be laid on the seabed in the Danish region of the Baltic Sea. One section runs from the shoreline at Faxe Bay to the border of the Swedish marine area, while the other runs form the Swedish marine area through the Danish waters around Bornholm to the Polish territorial sea.

The combined length of the two sections is around 133km.

“The approval of the Danish Government for the construction of the offshore part of Baltic Pipe is a key element for the project implementation,” commented Tomasz Stępień, President of Gaz-System. “It is a construction permit integrated with the environmental decision for the marine area. The documentation prepared by Gaz-System provides for a number of technological solutions minimising the pipeline’s impact on the surroundings.

“As to the project implementation, we are currently working on selecting the pipe supplier and the construction and installation works contractor.”

The permit for the gas pipeline has been issued (among other things) on the basis of the investment’s environmental impact assessment. Due to its international nature, the project also falls under the Espoo Convention, which sets out the obligations of involved parties to assess the environmental impact of certain activities at an early stage of planning.

The receipt of the construction permit is the first of three steps in the process of obtaining all required permits for the Baltic offshore pipeline. It is expected that the environmental permit for the section located in Polish territorial waters, including landfall, will be obtained by the end of 2019.

The Baltic pipeline project aims to create a new natural gas supply corridor from Norway to the Danish and Polish markets, and to end users in neighbouring countries. The pipeline will enable the transportation of 10 billion cubic metres per year of natural gas to Poland and 3 billion cubic metres per year from Poland to Denmark.

Construction is slated to begin in 2020 to enable the import of natural gas from gas fields in the Norwegian continental shelf from October 2022.