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Russian company: Incomprehensible that Denmark has not made a decision on controversial gas pipeline

The Danish Energy Agency has today received a new and third application from Nord Stream 2 AG for a controversial gas pipeline that has to go from Russia to Germany.

But besides the application, the company also criticises the Danish authorities for waiting so long with a decision.

It is now more than two years since the company behind the pipeline, owned by the state-owned Russian energy group Gazprom, submitted its first application for a route through Danish waters.

And in a press release Nord Stream 2 AG calls it “incomprehensible” that Denmark has not yet made a decision.

According to them, there are no relevant environmental or safety reasons why the route should not be approved. Therefore, they consider it “a proven attempt to delay” the project.

Fear of security

The third application proposes a route in the waters south of Bornholm. Work on the gas pipeline is already underway, as the company has been authorised by Russia, Germany, Finland and Sweden. Therefore, more than 1,000 km of cables have already been laid, corresponding to approximately the distance from Copenhagen to Paris.

The Danish government has not believed that this was merely a commercial project, and according to Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen (V), the management can also have security policy consequences.

The Social Democratic Party has also previously called on the government to refuse applications from Nord Stream 2.

This is the English translation of the article published on the Danish Broadcasting news website.