The construction of the last stretch of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline may be stalled for a month or two despite permission from Denmark to work in its territorial waters. The latest stumbling block comes in the form of spawning cod.

Earlier this week, the Danish Energy Agency (DEA) said that the operator of the project – Nord Stream 2 AG – can use ships with anchor positioning, expanding earlier rules that allowed it to use only vessels equipped with a dynamic positioning system. According to the agency, anchored pipelayers can be used both separately or in combination with ships equipped with a dynamic positioning system.

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However, the works cannot be resumed for at least four weeks as the energy regulator’s decision can be appealed by local and national environmental bodies, the DEA spokesman said. The complaint can be filed to the Danish Energy Board before August 3.