Public Referral About Nord Stream 2 Gets Going in Sweden

  • Swedish public referral starts
  • Public referral to run until June 2017
  • Public hearing to be held in Stockholm on May 2

April 7, 2017 | Stockholm | Nord Stream 2 AG’s Swedish permit application was today sent out on public referral by the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation. The public referral pertains to Nord Stream 2’s planned offshore pipeline system on the Swedish continental shelf – outside Swedish territorial waters – in the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The route will stretch for approximately 510 km in Swedish EEZ and run broadly parallel to the existing Nord Stream pipelines.

Nord Stream 2 submitted a permit application for the construction of a new pipeline system to the relevant authority, the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, in September 2016. The permit documents included the formal legal application, a technical description, an environmental study including appendices and atlases. Sweden was the first jurisdiction where an application was filed, due to the country’s permitting process that includes a so-called administrative referral, which was held during the fourth quarter of 2016.

During this administrative referral 13 relevant authorities were asked to comment on the completeness of the application ahead of the public referral. Five of these authorities requested additional information or clarifications. Nord Stream 2 handed in replies as well as additional project information in a supplement to the initial permit application in February.

National Permitting Processes On-Going in Other Jurisdictions

Nord Stream 2 has submitted or will submit environmental impact assessments (EIAs) according to the national permitting procedures and timelines in the four other jurisdictions also requiring a construction and operation permit – Germany, Denmark, Finland and Russia.

The project is also subject to the United Nations’ Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context, the so-called Espoo Convention. Nord Stream 2, therefore, also published an Espoo Report to document potential transboundary impacts of its planned pipeline through the Baltic Sea (see: “Nord Stream 2 Publishes Transboundary Environmental Report”).

The mentioned countries will inform each other, as well as all other coastal states along the Baltic Sea, about potential transboundary environmental impacts of the pipeline project and consult each other in an international consultation process, based on the Espoo Report.

Public Hearing to Be Held in Stockholm

Both the Swedish and the international consultations will run until June. Interested stakeholders can comment or raise their questions about the Swedish permit application or potential transboundary impacts of the planned pipeline during this period.

A public hearing will be held in Stockholm on May 2. This hearing is organised by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, responsible for the Espoo-process in Sweden. Nord Stream 2 experts will present the project during this hearing and reply to both national and transboundary questions raised.

For additional information about the Nord Stream 2 project and the Swedish permitting process please visit: https://www.nord-stream2.com/en/pdf/document/30/.

You can find this press release in Swedish in the sidebar.