Nord Stream Drops Baltic Service Platform Plan
by Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa)
April 08, 2008
A consortium that plans to build an underwater
Baltic Sea gas pipeline from Russia to Germany said Tuesday it has
dropped plans to build a service platform east of the Swedish Baltic
Sea island Gotland.
Nord Stream, the Russian-German joint venture, said it had revised
its application and had concluded the service platform was no longer
The 1,200-kilometer pipeline was to run from Vyborg in Russia to
Greifswald, Germany, and was planned to pass through the Swedish
economic zone, east of Gotland.
The platform has been questioned by critics of the project,
including Swedish military experts and politicians such as former
defense minister Mikael Odenberg. They have cited concerns that the
platform could figure in a possible political crisis.
Nord Stream said it had concluded that maintenance of the pipeline
could be conducted by other means, so-called pipeline pigs or devices
inserted into the pipeline making the service platform obsolete.
In February, Stockholm said it wanted more details from about the
plans, including an alternative route for the whole pipeline.
Nord Stream has said it had no plans to build a land-based route.
Recently, the consortium raised its estimates for the costs from 5
to 7.4 billion euros (US$7.3 - 11.6 billion), citing higher
steel prices and increased costs for technical and environmental
Although Sweden is not dependent on Russian energy exports the
country would benefit from several hundred jobs for the supplies of
pipeline material at a harbor on Gotland and two locations in
southern Sweden, Nord Stream has said.
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