Denmark has refused to grant permission for the construction of the Nord stream-2 gas pipeline in its territory, reported the Ukrainian state-owned oil and gas company Naftogaz on its twitter account.
“Gazprom has received another refusal from Denmark regarding the route of the Nord stream-2, " reads the post of Naftogaz on Twitter.
The Head of Naftogaz, Andriy Kobolyev also confirmed the information.
"Gazprom has received another refusal from Denmark regarding the Nord Stream-2 route. Of course, it does not kill the project. However, they have to look for a new route again. And the Baltic Sea is not so big, and there are enough those [countries with access to the Baltic Sea] who either want to build it [Nord Stream 2] or bury it," wrote Kobolyev on his Facebook page.
The permits for the construction of Nord Stream 2 have already been issued by Germany, Finland and Sweden.
According to Russia’s gas giant Gazprom, Denmark’s refusal will not significantly affect the timing of the pipeline commissioning. Russia has already started looking for an alternative route for the pipeline. About 10% of the gas pipeline was expected to be in Denmark’s territory.
Previously, the parliaments of Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Estonia, issued a joint statement opposing the construction of Nord Stream-2 pipeline.
The Prime Minister of Denmark also believes that this issue should be discussed by all European countries.
The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will run through the Baltic Sea, connecting suppliers in Russia with consumers in Europe. It will be more than 1,200 km long, with a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The cost of the project is estimated at almost 10 billion euros.
The consortium members are Gazprom, Engie, OMV, Shell, BASF and Uniper.
The construction of Nord Stream 2 will allow Russia to bypass Ukraine in supplying fuel to Europe. Kyiv stressed that an energy threat posed by Russia to Kyiv is no less dangerous than a military one.