Mining Agency Stralsund (Germany) issued a permit for the construction and operation of a 55-km section of the pipeline “Nord stream — 2” in German territorial waters, said the project operator — the company Nord Stream AG, 2.

Pipe of the pipeline “Nord stream”. Photo:

Also one last permit from German authorities — the Federal office for shipping and hydrography — the operator expects to receive in the first quarter of 2018. As explained TASS in the Department to complete the approval procedure of the project construction and operation of the marine “Nord stream — 2” is tentatively due in February.

The message also indicates that the process is getting permits national regulators of four countries, along whose territories will pass the pipe of Russia, Finland, Sweden and Denmark .

“Nord Stream 2 has fulfilled all the requirements [agencies] and expects to obtain permits in time for the start of construction is planned in 2018”, — stated in the message.

Permission for the construction and operation of the pipeline “Nord stream — 2” in German territorial waters allows you to start building a very important area, told journalists the Chairman of Board of “Gazprom» Alexey Miller.

“This is a key decision, which now opens up the opportunity to start building the most important area of the new offshore gas pipeline “Nord stream — 2″ in German territorial waters and the onshore receiving terminal in Greifswald,” said he.

The project “Northern stream — 2” involves the construction of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas off the coast of Russia through the Baltic sea to Germany. The total cost is estimated at € 9.5 billion Sole shareholder of Nord Stream AG 2 is “Gazprom”. The European partners “Gazprom” under the project are Uniper and German Wintershall, Austrian OMV, French Engie and Anglo-Dutch Shell.