The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline operator, Nord Stream 2 AG, has applied to the Federal Office for Shipping and Hydrography (BSH) for an immediate construction permit in German waters, Free News reports, citing the German radio station NDR.

It is noted that such a step was the operator’s reaction to the complaint of German environmental organizations, which protested the previously issued permission of BSH, saying that it did not take into account the arguments on environmental and climate protection.

The regulator itself has already confirmed the receipt of the application and started its consideration.

“Nord stream-2” is a gas pipeline project between Russia and Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea. It passes through the exclusive economic zones and territorial waters of Germany, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Russia. Its two lines should provide a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year.