Energy researcher: Odd that mice, not climate, halt Baltic Pipe

The gas pipeline planned to traverse Denmark will likely not face a long delay. Should the timetable nonetheless lapse, it will result in more Russian gas flowing into the Scandinavian country, says energy planning professor.

Construction of Baltic Pipe has long been underway in Denmark but is now suspending pending a new environmental approval. | Photo: Energinet

It's improbable that natural gas connection Baltic Pipe, set to commission in October 2022, will face any substantial delay, says Brian Vad Mathiesen, professor of energy planning at the University of Aalborg.

Mathiesen's appraisal follows on the heels of Danish transmission system operator Energinet reporting Thursday that the Danish Environmental Protection Agency's appeals board retracted the development's environmental permit. However, the professor underlines the situation's unusual character:

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