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ST.PETERSBURG, July 14. /TASS/. Gazprom is expecting an approval of the Nord Stream-2 project from the Polish authorities, Chairman of Gazprom’s Board of Directors Viktor Zubkov told reporters.
"This project has very good prospects. I think the Polish side should approve it," he said.
In December 2015, the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) received a request for the assessment of the joint venture Nord Stream-2 in December last year. It was reported, that it Russian Gazprom and companies from Germany, France, the Netherlands and Switzerland were going to participate in it.
In February, UOKiK extended the deadline for consideration of creating a joint venture for the gas pipeline Nord Stream-2.
Earlier the Polish government has repeatedly criticized plans to build the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, calling the project "a geopolitical project of Russia".
The Nord Stream-2 projects includes the construction of two lines of the offshore gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 bln cubic meters of gas a year from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea, in addition to the existing two lines. The project is to be implemented by the new engineering company New European Pipeline AG. The stakes of partners in Nord Stream 2 AG will be distributed as follows: Gazprom will hold 50%, while BASF, E.ON, Engie, OMV and Shell will own 10% each.