Estonia turns down Nord Stream exploration request

Estonia turns down Nord Stream exploration request

PanARMENIAN.Net - Estonia on Thursday, December 6 denied Nord Stream’s request to study areas of the Baltic Sea bed falling within the nation’s commercial waters, the Estonian government's press service said, according to RIA Novosti.

In August, the pipeline’s operator requested official permission from the Estonian government to explore a four-kilometer corridor of the seabed, with a view to building a third and possibly fourth line.

The government said that this work risked revealing sensitive information about the nation’s natural resources and ways of utilizing them, and would also involve drilling and the use of explosives on the continental shelf and the dumping of noxious substances into the sea.

Nord Stream’s twin 1,224-kilometer pipelines run along the Baltic Sea bed from Portovaya Bay in Russia to Lubmin on Germany's Baltic Sea coast, with an annual capacity of 27.5 billion cubic meters of gas.

When fully operational, the integrated twin pipeline system will have the capacity to transport 55 bcm of gas a year from Russia's massive gas fields to the European Union, the operator said.

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