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Ukraine wants to challenge Denmark's permit for Nord Stream 2 construction

Christian Fernsby |
Ukrainian Energy Minister Oleksiy Orzhel said that the Ukrainian authorities might appeal against Denmark's permit for the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

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"We are now considering possibility of appeal from the environmental point of view," said Orzhel.

At the same time, the Ukrainian Minister recognized that considering Russia's expenses, Nord Stream 2 project will be implemented anyway.

"But I don't think that Nord Stream 2 will be fully operational on January 1, 2020," he added.

According to Orzhel, the Ukrainian gas transportation system "can become very competitive," and the European market will also benefit from this.

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline operator sought permission for the construction of the pipeline from Denmark since April 2017.

On October 30, Denmark gave permission for a stretch of Nord Stream 2 to be built in its territorial waters. Denmark was the last country to give this permission.

Ukraine currently earns roughly $3 billion per year from gas transit.

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