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Denmark grants operating permit to Nord Stream 2

Christian Fernsby |
The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) has granted a conditional permit for Nord Stream 2 AG to operate a section of the natural gas pipeline running across the Danish seabed, the agency said in a press release on Thursday.

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The pipeline project, which is to transport natural gas from Russia to Germany, already received a construction permit last year on the Danish continental shelf south of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea.

"The DEA has granted permission to operate the Nord Stream 2 pipelines on a number of conditions to ensure safe operation," said the press release.

The permit has been granted based on Denmark's obligations under the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Law of the Sea, according to which the country "is obliged to allow the establishment and operation of transit pipelines," the DEA said.

The construction of Nord Stream 2 involves two 1,230-km pipelines. The total annual capacity of the two strings is 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas.

"Commissioning can only take place when at least one of the pipelines has been tested, verified and when relevant conditions in the construction permit and the operations permit have been met," said the DEA press release.

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