Russia grants construction permit for South Stream
MOSCOW -- Russia’s Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities has granted a construction permit to South Stream Transport for the South Stream gas pipeline.
The permit enables the company to start the construction of the technical infrastructure, as well as all onshore strings of the pipeline, four micro-tunnels and a 3-km gas branch to connect South Stream to Gazprom' s Unified Gas Supply System.
As provided by the permit, South Stream Transport will start developing a construction site near Anapa and building access roads. In addition, the company will take on the delivery of construction machinery; equipment and materials; and arrange for the protection of rare plants and animals.
Pipe laying in Russia' s territorial waters is due in November 2014, upon obtaining a permit from the nation’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.