Finland wants environmental study of Nord Stream gas pipeline

Nov 12, 2007 01:00 AM

Finland supports the Nord Stream pipeline being built under the Baltic Sea to pump Russian natural gas to Germany but will study its environmental consequences, the Finnish ambassador to Moscow said.
The ambitious pipeline project, being developed by Russia's state-controlled gas giant Gazprom and Germany's E.ON and BASF at an estimated cost of $ 12 bn (EUR 8.1 bn), is scheduled to be completed in 2012.

"We are not against the gas pipeline's construction but will carefully examine the results of an environmental study," Harri Helenius told. According to the Finnish diplomat, the Nord Stream project will increase gas exports from Russia to Europe by 30 %.
"Europe needs gas, but environmental issues are important for us because the Gulf of Finland is polluted, and toxic substances could surface from the seabed during the gas pipeline's construction," Helenius said.

The first of Nord Stream's two parallel pipelines, approximately 1,200 km (750 miles) long, each with a transport capacity of some 27.5 bn cm per year, is to become operational in 2010.
In the second phase, capacity should double to about 55 bn cm per year.

Source: RIA Novosti
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