Nord Stream 2 AG has secured permission to install an underwater pipeline for the Nord Stream 2 gas project in Russia’s territorial waters, amid US protest.
The project will double the amount of natural gas Russia can funnel directly to Europe from newly tapped reserves in Siberia, intentionally skirting Eastern European nations like Poland and Ukraine.
Russia’s Federal Agency for the Supervision of Natural Resources Use (Rosprirodnadzor) issued the permit, which covers 114-km (71-mi) subsea section of the route through the Baltic Sea, according to Offshore.
Practical implementation of the project under the terms of the new authorization will start shortly, taking into account environmental considerations.
The Ministry of Construction and Utilities previously issued a construction permit for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline on the Russian territory.
All the permits necessary for construction of the Russian section of the pipeline have now been received.
Despite protests by the United States, workers have been preparing thousands of steel pipes that will become part of a vast undersea pipeline bringing gas from Russia to Germany’s northeastern Baltic coast.
The United States and some other allies have bristled at the project, warning that it could give Moscow greater leverage over Western Europe.