Finland Urges Nord Stream to Change Pipeline Route
by AFX News Limited
January 21, 2008
Finland wants German-Russian gas company Nord
Stream to come with alternative plans for laying its planned 1,200-kilometer
undersea pipeline so it does not pass through Finnish waters, the Finnish
environment ministry said.
The ministry said that the consortium should look into laying the pipeline
through Russian waters to the south of Hogland Island in the Gulf of Finland.
Nord Stream said it would not study an alternative route to the south of
Hogland, due to heavy shipping traffic and the multitudes of cables and
shipwrecks that pepper the seabed there.
Finland fears that the pipeline could damage the ecologically sensitive
Baltic Sea and insists that the seabed along the northern route is more uneven
and more potentially hazardous construction work would be needed to level it.
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