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Nord Stream Investigates Route Optimisation

April 4, 2007 | Nord Stream has decided to launch additional studies to investigate areas where the route of the natural gas pipeline through the Baltic Sea can be further optimised in a reasonable way in order to minimise environmental impacts. This decision follows analysis of the statements received from the authorities and the public during the international consultation of the Baltic Sea region countries in accordance with the Espoo Convention. The purpose of the international consultations was to exchange information and identify additional environmental studies needs and possibilities for impact minimisation.

Further optimisation of the route will be explored in three areas: in the Gulf of Finland in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Estonia, further south of Gotland in the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone, and near the island of Bornholm (Denmark).

The recommendation to study a more southern route in the Gulf of Finland came from the Finnish authorities based on the opinion that it could be more environmentally friendly.

Investigation of a pipeline route further south of Gotland was discussed at a consultation meeting with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. Nord Stream will study and describe the route approximately 10 kilometres further south east of the Natura 2000 area Hoburgs Bank and the proposed Natura 2000 area Norra Midsjöbanken.

The route north of Bornholm was part of the preliminary studies in 1997-1999 and will be investigated further.

Nord Stream acknowledges concerns and recommendations of the Baltic Sea countries and is determined to make sure that the new pipeline meets high environmental standards. The Nord Stream decision to invest time, resources and money in further investigation of the route optimization, in addition to the comprehensive studies already made and planned, reconfirms Nord Stream’s commitment to conservation of the Baltic Sea and minimization of all environmental impacts.

I n order to build the necessary gas transport infrastructure and to meet the growing need for natural gas in Europe from 2010, Nord Stream appreciates the constructive cooperation of the Baltic Sea countries.

Applications for necessary permits to study the sea bed in the areas mentioned will be submitted to the respective authorities shortly.

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