The German Office for Shipping and Hydrography (BSH) has confirmed that it has received a request from the operator Nord Stream 2 AG for the immediate entry into force of the previously issued permit for the construction of Nord Stream 2 in German waters. But when it will be considered, they do not know yet, reports TASS.
The ministry explained to the agency that the application of the operator SP-2 had been received even before the environmental organizations Deutsche Umwelthilfe and the Union for the Protection of Nature protested. “The operator’s application and the protest of environmentalists are completely different processes,” BSH said.
Environmentalists have previously challenged the January 15 gas pipeline construction permit. Then the regulator came to the conclusion that although the pipeline section passes next to the bird sanctuary, due to its location at a depth, it cannot have a significant effect on them. It was also noted that there is already active shipping in the area.
The day before, the German media reported that Nord Stream 2 AG had sent an application to BSH for the immediate issuance of a permit for the construction of the gas pipeline.