Due to an amendment of the Continental Shelf Act (1 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 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.
The public consultation phase coordinated by the Danish Energy Agency (DEA) ended on 17 July 2019. The public hearing held in Rønne on Bornholm in June 2019 demonstrated that there are no significant environmental and technical concerns for this route. During this consultation period, Danish authorities, citizens and other interested parties including international stakeholders had the opportunity to state their opinions on the EIA documentation.
The Danish Energy Agency granted Nord Stream 2 a construction permit for the South-Eastern Route on October 30, 2019. The approved route stretches 147 kilometres in the Danish Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).