MOSCOW, April 24. /TASS/. Gazprom expects Sweden to issue a permit for the construction of Nord Stream-2 until the end of April, the company’s Deputy CEO Alexander Medvedev said in an interview with the Rossiya 24 TV channel.
"We have submitted them (the required documents for obtaining a permit - TASS) to the relevant authorities of the countries that should consider them and issue permits. Germany and Finland have already issued all the necessary permits to start the construction, and now it is the turn of Sweden and Denmark. We expect that Sweden will issue its permit before the end of April, and Denmark will give a recommendation to its Energy Ministry through the mediation of their Foreign Minister," he said.
The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is expected to come into service at the end of 2019. The pipeline is set to run from the Russian coast along the Baltic Sea bed to the German shore. Each of the pipeline’s two stretches will have a capacity of 27.5 bln cubic meters. The new pipeline will double the capacity of the first stretch and will basically follow its route.
The total cost of the pipeline is estimates at 9.5 bln euros.
Swiss Nord Stream 2 AG was established for the planning, construction and operation of the gas pipeline. Gazprom is the only shareholder of Nord Stream-2 AG. France’s Engie, Austria’s OMV, British-Dutch Royal Dutch Shell, Germany’s Uniper and Wintershall are European partners of Gazprom in the Nord-Stream pipeline project.