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Nord Stream publishes all 129 comments on Baltic Sea pipeline after international consultations

June 27, 2007 | Zug | Nord Stream AG has now published all 129 comments received as part of international consultations for the gas pipeline through the Baltic Sea. Since November 2006, when Nord Stream officially notified all relevant authorities of its plans to build the pipeline from Vyborg to Greifswald, the company has received statements from private and public bodies in the Baltic Sea countries (Denmark 5, Estonia 12, Finland 50, Germany 29, Latvia 1, Lithuania 1, Poland 1, Russia 1, and Sweden 29). In the first phase of the consultation process, now completed, Nord Stream participated in 22 public hearings and meetings in various countries.

As a cross-border project, Nord Stream is subject to international conventions and national legislation in each of the countries directly or indirectly affected. Before construction can start, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) will be completed and published. The process is governed by the Espoo Convention.

Nord Stream AG seeks open dialogue and believes in informing the general public as widely and comprehensively as possible on this major project. As part of its commitment to transparency, the company is publishing in English all 129 comments on the proposed pipeline on its corporate website.

Comments focus on the impact on the seabed and commercial fisheries as well as on dumped and residual munitions – issues which Nord Stream and its shareholders have addressed and researched for some years. The comments will be incorporated into the final Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report required under Espoo. The structure of this report was finalised in March 2007.

The report itself is due for publication in 2007.

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