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Polish Briefing 7 August, 2018 9:00 am   
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Polish Briefing: Nord Stream 2 AG is considering bypassing Denmark

What goes on in Poland on the 7th of August.

Bypassing Borhnolm from the north

Nord Stream 2 AG spokesman Jens Mueller answered BusinessAlert.pl’s question about a possible change of the route of the controversial gas pipeline due to a possible negative decision of the Danish government.

The company Nord Stream 2 AG planned that the route of the gas pipeline would run through Danish territorial waters. Asked by the journalist of BiznesAlert.pl, the spokesman of the company replied that this route would be optimal for legal, international and environmental reasons. However, spokesman Jens Mueller pointed out that due to the veto on energy projects that the Danish Foreign Ministry could issue for political and security reasons, Nord Stream 2 AG was considering alternative routes that bypassed Danish waters. One of them bypasses the island of Bornholm from the north.

Earlier plans

Earlier, the head of the Austrian OMV (Gazprom’s partner at the construction of Nord Stream 2) stated that a new gas pipeline route was being developed that bypasses Denmark. Rainer Seele emphasized that it would be better than previously assumed. It is to lead through international waters located in the Danish economic zone, and not, as previously assumed, through territorial waters. At the same time, he stressed that the project will be implemented according to the schedule and in the planned budget (EUR 9,5 billion).

The expert of the Fitch agency Dmitry Marinchenko, quoted by Vedomosti, suggested that the alternative route Nord Stream 2 could run through a narrow strip in the area of ​​the exclusive economic zone of Sweden north of the island of Bornholm, up to the German waters. The daily was unable to obtain information from Nord Stream 2. – The existence of an alternative route, drawn on paper and calculated, may result in Denmark “giving up” and issuing a permit – said Marinchenko to Vedomosti.