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Swedish Taxes for Russian Pipeline

Published måndag 8 januari 2007 kl 11.41
Expected pipeline route

It looks like the Swedish tax-payers will have to cover some of the costs if the planned Russian gas pipeline is built through the Baltic Sea.

The Nord Stream consortium is expected to formally apply for permission to build the pipeline between Russia and Germany later this year. Much of it will pass through the Swedish economic zone in the Baltic, which means that under international conventions the Swedish Coast Guard will be responsible for security in the area.

The coast guard’s legal counsel tells the newspaper “Svenska Dagbladet” that its extra costs will have to come from the national budget. That includes the cost of special multi-purpose ships.

So far it’s unclear how much the bill will come to, as Nord Stream is still investigating the exact pipeline path.

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