Nord Stream 2 has released an updated draft environmental impact assessment (EIA) report following finalization of detail design, as well as optimization of engineering solutions and construction methods for the Russian section of the pipeline.
Nord Stream 2 is developing a new natural gas pipeline through the Baltic Sea to supply Russian gas to the key EU market.
Technical solutions and construction methods have been optimized to accommodate ground conditions, further enhance reliability and reduce impacts on the environment.
Russian legislation requires all modifications, including improvements, to be reflected in the updated project documentation and approved in line with the established procedure by competent authorities prior to the commissioning of the gas pipeline.
In accordance with Russian law, the updated draft EIA report has been disclosed on the Nord Stream 2 website and at public liaison offices in Kingisepp, Bolshoye Kuzyomkino, Kingiseppsky and Ust-Luga, the company said.
Gregory Vilchek, permitting manager Russia at Nord Stream 2, said: “Our goal is to deliver a safe, reliable and environmentally-friendly gas transportation system for decades to come. Our specialists have optimized engineering solutions and construction methods in Russia to further enhance reliability and reduce impacts on the environment. The updated EIA reflects technical modifications introduced during finalization of the detailed design for the Nord Stream 2 project in Russia.”
Сonstruction activities are being monitored by the competent authorities and independent watchdogs. Project activities within the Kurgalsky reserve are being audited by VNII Ecology, a Russian research institute with special expertise on the management of protected areas.
Royal Haskoning DHV is retained as a watchdog to ensure compliance with international standards.
ERM, a global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, and social consulting services, regularly audits the works against the project Environmental and Social Management System.