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Danish approval does not solve all worries for Nord Stream 2

The pipeline now looks set to be completed in H1 2020, but it is not clear how much gas will start flowing before the ECJ rules on Gazprom’s call to annul the revised EU Gas Directive The pipeline now looks set to be completed in H1 2020, but it is not clear how much gas will start flowing before the ECJ rules on Gazprom’s call to annul the revised EU Gas Directive.
By Andreas Walstad 31 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation 0 34746
The Pioneering Spirit working on Nord Stream 2 in the Baltic Sea. (Gazprom)

The Danish Energy Agency on Wednesday approved Nord Stream 2’s route southeast of the island of Bornholm in Danish waters in the Baltic Sea, meaning the pipeline is now expected to be completed next year – probably some time in H1.

However, progress on Nord Stream 2 is set against a complex legal backdrop, and it is not clear how much gas will flow through the pipeline before the settlement of a case brought before the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

On 25 July,...