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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Estonia Rebuffs Nord Stream Request for Survey

TALLINN, Estonia -- Estonia became the first country on the Baltic Sea on Thursday to reject an application by Russian-German company Nord Stream to carry out work related to a planned gas pipeline.

A spokesman for Nord Stream said the decision by Estonia to reject an application to survey the seabed in the Baltic state's economic zone meant that no change to the route of the pipeline could take place to take it through Estonian waters.

The Estonian government decided to reject the application, "taking into account the sovereignty of Estonia in its territorial waters and national interests in its economic zone,'' the government said in a statement.

It said it had the right to reject the application because the results of drilling on the continental shelf would have given information about its natural resources and their possible use.

Nord Stream is majority owned by Gazprom. Germany's BASF and E.On have minority stakes.

"It does not mean any delay as we were responding to a Finnish request, and it means that no optimization of the route can take place," said Nord Stream spokesman, Jens Muller. He said Nord Stream's application for an additional survey in Estonian waters had been based on a request from Finland for Nord Stream to consider a more southerly route.

Reuters, Bloomberg