The first two branches of the pipeline "Nord Stream" — is the shortest direct route, linking the Russian gas reserves to the energy markets of the European Union.
Transportation on the first stretch began in November 2011, on the second line — in October 2012 Both the existing gas pipeline "Nord Stream" will be able to transport to Europe 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year for a minimum of 50 years. This volume of gas will be sufficient to provide more than 26 million European households.
Research the company «Nord Stream AG» Environmental monitoring of the offshore section of the Russian section of the pipeline for 2010 — 2012 years. showed that the offshore gas pipeline is the safest, most economical and environmentally friendly way to transport gas. Performance and capacity of the planned 3rd and 4th pipelines are similar to the first two threads.
Legal Notices were sent to the Ministry of April 1, 2013 in accordance with the requirements of the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) in the environmental authorities of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden.
Ministry of Russia informs on the participation of the Russian Federation to the procedures established by the Espoo Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (EIA) on the construction of the 3rd and 4th thread offshore gas pipeline "Nord Stream".
Compliance with the requirements of the Espoo Convention on International EIA "Nord Stream — 2" is one of the prerequisites for the issuance of national permits for the construction of the Baltic pipeline in their territorial waters.
The results of the consultation organized on a preliminary basis on the initiative of Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and the Secretariat of the Espoo Convention with the participation of representatives of the Russian Federation, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and the company "Nord Stream AG" in order to increase the reliability of the project, reducing its negative impact on the environment company "Nord Stream AG" was tentatively worked out the route options, adjusted for environmentally sensitive areas, cultural heritage, important shipping routes, as well as other specific areas that serve economic or recreational purposes.
As part of the project also developed a risk management system and measures to reduce the impact on the environment, including environmental management plan, and the social and infrastructural and logistical aspects related to the construction and operation of a new gas pipeline.
"The results of the international environmental monitoring of construction and operation of the first two branches of the pipeline" Nord Stream "confirmed the absence of a significant impact, including cross-border, all the components of the environment of the Baltic Sea. I am confident that, together with Denmark, Germany, Finland, Sweden, and the company "Nord Stream AG" we can ensure the use of best available technologies and building standards in order to ensure the absolute safety of the ecological environment of Baltic ", — said Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Russia Rinat Gizatulin.