Warsaw, June 20 - Neftegaz.RU. GAZ-SYSTEM accepted the variant of the offshore pipeline Baltic Pipe route recommended by Ramboll - a contractor in charge of technical and environmental documentation.
Baltic Pipe reported this on June 20, 2018.
The total length of the selected route is 275 km and it crosses the territorial sea of Denmark and Poland as well as the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone (approx. 80 km).
The variant also designated two recommended landfall locations - Faxe South in Denmark and Niechorze-Pogorzelica in Poland.
Accepting the recommendation does not imply, however, the final decision regarding the route of the pipeline.
Such a resolution will only be possible once all necessary administrative decisions and permits have been obtained.
Since October 2017, Ramboll has been conducting thorough environmental, geophysical and geotechnical surveys in order to identify the most favourable and the safest pipeline route across the Baltic Sea.
The recommended route has been analysed and compared against several alternative variants mainly in terms of its environmental, technical and socio-economic impacts.
Moreover, the methods of future construction works were also assessed in order to minimize the consequences and mitigate potential risks to the environment and ensure the highest safety level of the entire investment project.
Accepting the route recommended by the contractor does not imply that the selected variant has been finally approved for implementation.
In the following phases of the project, the Investor will need to obtain a package of decisions and permits in all countries where the Baltic Pipe project is to be carried out, including decisions on environmental conditions, location decisions for the pipeline route in the designated corridor, and building permits.
Only when all those permits and decisions have been obtained, the final route of the gas pipeline can be eventually determined.
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