Permitting Process in Russia

Nord Stream 2 aims to build the new pipeline through the Baltic Sea with the least environmental impact. The decision for the proposed pipeline route was made following a process that took around five years and included thorough studies and the assessment of all options. In Russia, Nord Stream 2 had to obtain two permits for the construction of its pipeline.

To select the route for the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline in Russia, we have started as early as 2012 to research potential options: out of all the options assessed, the Narva Bay route was chosen as the preferred option as it has the lowest environmental impact and reduces risks during construction and operation. The research results were summarized in comprehensive reports by independent consultants: Assessment of alternatives for the Russian partComparative environmental assessment of alternative routes for the Russian section of the Nord Stream 2 pipelineThe Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University have provided positive feedback to the reports on comparative environmental assessment of the route options for the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline in Russia.

This preferred route crosses a maximum of 3.7 kilometres of the southern section of the Kurgalsky Nature Reserve. We take our responsibility towards the environment very seriously and will employ state-of-the-art environmental technologies and invest in the region’s sustainable development. Our aim is not just to minimise impact but to have a positive effect on biodiversity and local communities through our actions and mitigation measures taken.

As an integral part of the permitting process, Nord Stream 2 has carried out an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in compliance with the Russian environment protection legislation and additional regulations, as well as international law. The Russian EIA procedure consisted of several stages: The disclosure of the EIA terms of reference, EIA Programmthe draft of the EIA Report, the Final EIA Reportand the Environmental monitoring program. It also included two periods of public consultations, hearings and round tables which lasted from April 2017 through October 2017. The Final EIA Report was approved by the State Environmental Expert Review in January 2018.

Following the EIA, the applications for the Russian section of the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline were submitted to the competent authorities. Two permits are needed in Russia: the permit to construct the pipeline on the Russian territory and the offshore pipelay permit. They are issued by the Ministry of Construction and Utilities and the Federal Agency for the Supervision of Natural Resources Use (Rosprirodnadzor), respectively. The first permit has been issued on June 7, 2018, the second on August 14, 2018.

Nord Stream 2 has committed to comply with all applicable national legislation as well as with the International Finance Corporation Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability (IFC PS). The Nord Stream 2 project is being implemented in the safest possible way with full awareness of local ecological conditions. We apply strict processes to identify all environmental and social risks and avoid negative impacts. Where this is not possible, Nord Stream 2 will apply advanced mitigation and compensation measures. 

To achieve this goal, we developed the Environmental and Community Initiatives (ECo-I) Strategy for the landfall in Russia. As part of this Strategy, Nord Stream 2 is planning to support community initiatives to promote health, safety and security in the vicinity of the project area. Key focus areas have been defined through consultations with the regional and municipal authorities, community elders and locals. The Strategy is being implemented in close cooperation with stakeholders as envisaged by the cooperation agreement the company signed with the Leningrad Region Government in February 2018. 

Nord Stream 2 is committed to an open and transparent dialogue with stakeholders: authorities, NGOs, the local community, scientific and research experts, institutes and other organizations. Nord Stream 2 recognizes the importance of stakeholder engagement in building strong, constructive and responsive relationships that are essential for the successful management of environmental and social impacts.

We are ready to answer your questions and consider any proposals you may have. Please send your queries and proposals to Russia@nord-stream2.com or call us at +7 921 305 84 16.

You’ll find more information on the permitting process for the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline in Russia here.