Gazprom Standing By Nord Stream Plans
by United Press International
November 27, 2007
Russian energy giant JSC Gazprom said Monday it would stick to its plans to build a $12 billion gas pipeline under the
Baltic Sea, despite calls for change.
"So far, there are no grounds to say the timeframe for the gas pipeline
construction will be moved," Chief Executive Officer Alexei Miller said.
"We say that it will be put into operation in the second half of 2010."
Sweden's three opposition parties Monday called on Stockholm to reject the Nord
Stream pipeline's underwater-construction plans.
In an Op-Ed piece appearing in Stockholm's Svenska Dagbladet, the Social
Democratic Party, Left Party and Green Party urged Sweden to join Poland and the
Baltic states in examining the possibility of rerouting the pipeline onto dry
land "for the sake of the climate and the Baltic Sea."
Earlier this month Finland said it supported the pipeline, envisioned to carry
natural gas to Germany from Russia, but said it would study the pipeline's
The Gulf of Finland, a Baltic Sea arm, "is polluted, and toxic substances could
surface from the seabed during the gas pipeline's construction," said Harri
Helenius, Finland's ambassador to Russia.
The 750-mile-long dual-pipe project -- developed by Gazprom, German energy
company E.ON AG and German chemical company BASF AG -- is projected to carry 55
billion cubic meters a year.
Opponents regard the project as controversial for national-security risks as
well as environmental concerns.
Copyright 2007 by United Press International
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