Finland May Consider Gas from Baltic Pipeline
by Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa)
May 08, 2007
Finland may consider buying natural gas from a planned Baltic gas pipeline if it was stored in neighboring Estonia, a Finnish cabinet member was quoted as saying Tuesday.
In an interview with financial daily Taloussanomat, Trade and
Industry Minister Mauri Pekkarinen said the gas could replace energy
from coal-fired plants in the Helsinki area.
A possibility Pekkarinen mentioned was importing the gas from a
storage site in Estonia, Finland's southern neighbour.
The 1,200-kilometer pipeline was envisaged to go online in 2010
and would run from Viborg in Russia to Greifswald, Germany.
Nord Stream, a Russian-German joint-venture company planning the
pipeline, said early April it would conduct additional studies for
the route of the pipeline after compiling responses from government
agencies and others consulted.
Authorities in Finland and Sweden have suggested that Nord Stream
investigates alternative routes for some stretches of the pipeline,
citing environmental concerns including the need to avoid areas used
by bird colonies during the winter.
Nordic nations have said they were worried that construction work
would stir up toxic substances in the mud or disturb dumps containing World War II chemical weapons.
Pekkarinen said the environmental impact reviews would proceed as
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