Due to the amendment of the Continental Shelf Act (1 January 2018) and awaiting the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs's recommendation for the route stretching in Danish territorial waters, which is pending since January 2018, Nord Stream 2 AG decided to explore alternative routes outside Danish territorial waters.
A viable alternative route was identified north-west of Bornholm and a permit application filed in August 2018. Denmark and Poland have since then resolved a long-standing border dispute over an area located south-east of Bornholm, making it available for Nord Stream 2 and other infrastructure projects. An application for construction together with an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for an alternative route south-east of Bornholm was thus filed on 15 April 2019.
A public consultation phase coordinated by the Danish Energy Agency (DEA) runs until 17 July 2019. For more information please visit the website of the DEA. During the consultation period, Danish authorities, citizens and other interested parties including international stakeholders have the opportunity to state their opinions on the EIA documentation.
At the end of the public consultation, Nord Stream 2 will receive all the statements handed in by national and international stakeholders and provide answers to these. If the answers are of satisfaction, the application is ready for a decision by the DEA.