Reuters: Finland allows Nord Stream to study pipeline expansion
Finland's government on Thursday granted gas pipeline firm Nord Stream permission to study the Baltic Sea bed in Finland's economic zone for the possible extension of the subsea gas line from Russia to western Europe.
Nord Stream operates two gas pipelines from Russia to Germany with a total annual capacity of 55 billion cubic metres.
It plans to study the sea bed this year and next to find suitable routes for one or two new pipelines it may build, said Nord Stream spokeswoman Minna Sundelin.
"It could take a couple of years," she said, when asked when Nord Stream's owners were due to decide on building the extension. MORE