Swedish Official 'Surprised' by 'Incomplete' Nord Stream App
by Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa)
February 12, 2008
The Swedish government on Tuesday said it wanted
more details from a consortium that plans to build an underwater
Baltic Sea gas pipeline from Russia to Germany.
Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren said the application from
Nord Stream, the Russian-German joint venture, was "incomplete,"
adding that he was "surprised" that the application submitted in
December lacked so many key details.
The Swedish government for instance wanted details of what would
happen if the application for the underwater pipeline was completely
rejected, "a so-called non-alternative," Carlgren told reporters,
adding that "Nord Stream has the burden of proof."
Other information lacking, included an alternative route for the
whole pipeline and more "technical details" of a service platform
envisaged to be built east of the Swedish Baltic Sea island Gotland,
the minister said.
Last month, the consortium's permitting director Dirk von Ameln
said he was confident Swedish authorities would approve the
The consortium includes Russian gas giant Gazprom, Germany's
BASF/Wintershall and EON Ruhrgas and Dutch group Gasunie.
"We are confident enough to have ordered our pipes already," von
The 1,200-kilometer pipeline was to run from Viborg in Russia to
Greifswald, Germany, and was planned to pass through the Swedish
economic zone, east of Gotland.
Costs were estimated to be at least 5 billion euros (US$7.3 billion), Nord Stream said, adding that prices of steel and vessels
used to lay pipeline sections have contributed to price hikes.
Carlgren said the government was not prepared to review an
incomplete application and had Tuesday sent a letter to Nord Stream
advising the group to that affect.
Nord Stream has said it had no plans to build a land-based route.
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 harbour on Gotland and two locations in
southern Sweden, Nord Stream has said.
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