ZUG, Switzerland – The Danish Energy Agency has given the Nord Stream consortium permission to operate the second of its twin gas pipelines in the Danish sector of the Baltic Sea.
Both lines take gas from northern Russian fields to markets in Europe. The permit to operate the first pipeline was granted in July 2011.
Nord Stream says it has fulfilled all commitments imposed by the Danish Energy Agency in the construction permit. Additionally, it has initiated an environmental monitoring program designed to ensure no unforeseen impact on the ecosystem of the Baltic Sea.
Deliveries of gas through the recently completed Line 2 will start in 4Q 2012. By the end of this year both lines will be fully operational.
Both are 1,224 km (760 mi) long and run on the seabed of the Baltic Sea from Vyborg, Russia, to Lubmin, Germany. Together they will deliver 55 bcm/yr (1.9 tcf/yr) of gas.