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Nord Stream seeks to study Estonian economic zone in Baltic until 2015

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Aug. 27, 2012, 9:59 a.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Interfax-Ukraine

Nord Stream AG, the operating company for the construction of the Nord Stream gas pipeline across the Baltic Sea floor from Russia to Germany, has requested of the Estonian Foreign Affairs Ministry permission to perform a corridor study in that country's Baltic Sea economic zone in the period until December 31, 2014.
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TALLINN - Nord Stream AG, the operating company for the construction of the Nord Stream gas pipeline across the Baltic Sea floor from Russia to Germany, has requested of the Estonian Foreign Affairs Ministry permission to perform a corridor study in that country's Baltic Sea economic zone in the period until December 31, 2014.

The company wants permission to research a four-kilometer wide corridor, Nord Stream AG representative for the Baltic States Romans Baumanis told the Baltic News Service. The aim of this study is to evaluate the feasibility of building at third and, possibly a fourth line of the pipeline.

Nord Stream AG, considering the environmental and technical limitations, has discussed two possible corridors through which to lay pipeline in the Gulf of Finland.

These corridors run through Estonian and Finnish economic waters, so the company has applied to both governments for permission to do studies, Nord Stream said. The application to Estonia was submitted Wednesday through the legal firm Sorainen.

The studies would result in documentation that would be a basis on which the Nord Stream shareholders could decide on the continuation of the second stage of the pipeline's expansion.

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