Denmark urged to consider flooded weapons in the Nord Stream 2 route

March 28, 2019 (Google Translation) – When choosing the route of the Nord Stream – 2 gas pipeline, it is necessary to take into account the chemical weapons stocks flooded near the Danish island of Bornholm, said the press service of the Danish Energy Agency (DEA) Ture Falbe-Hansen to RIA Novosti.

After the Second World War, about 50 thousand tons of chemical munitions were flooded in the Baltic Sea. Most of them lie in the vicinity of the islands of Gotland and Bornholm.

Falbe-Hansen also confirmed that the agency had asked the company, the operator of the project Nord Stream 2 AG, to assess how an alternative route would affect the environment.

Alternative routes

The first application for a building permit from Denmark, Nord Stream 2 AG, filed back in 2017. According to her, “Nord Stream – 2” should go to the south of the island of Bornholm in the territorial waters of Denmark. However, on January 1, 2018, amendments to the law on the continental shelf came into force in Denmark, for which recommendations for the construction of infrastructure in territorial waters need recommendations from the Foreign Ministry, which have never been received.

In August 2018, Nord Stream 2 AG filed a second application – for an alternative route to the north-west of Bornholm. This route is 36 kilometers longer than the main one – its length is 175 kilometers. However, it no longer takes place in the territorial waters of Denmark, but in the exclusive economic zone of the country, and therefore does not require recommendations from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Energy Agency.

At the same time, on March 28, Nord Stream 2 AG reported that Denmark proposed the company to conduct an environmental assessment of another alternative route, Nord Stream 2, to the south of Bornholm, not in the country’s territorial waters, but in the exclusive economic zone. It also does not require the participation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but the study of the route may take additional time. The company said it will carefully consider the request of the agency.

According to the Nord Stream 2 project, it is planned to build two gas pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year through the Baltic Sea.

The end of construction is scheduled for 2019.

The pipe must pass through the territorial or exclusive economic zones of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. Of these countries, only Denmark has not yet given permission to build.

Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said on June 29, 2018 that the company has a plan of action in case Denmark does not give permission to lay the pipeline.

The project is being implemented by Nord Stream 2 AG. Gazprom invests half of the funds, the rest are provided by European partners – Shell, OMV, Engie, Uniper and Wintershall.