In Germany entered into force on restrictions on access "Gazprom" to the OPAL pipeline
The German Firm OPAL Gastransport, which is the operator of the gas pipeline OPAL, the limited access of "Gazprom" for transit capacity of the pipeline Pro is first stated in the Federal network Agency of Germany.
The restriction, which came into force on 14 September in 07. 00 Moscow time imposed in Accordance with the decision of the Federal network Agency, OPAL Gastransport GmbH which will no longer be able to sell transit capacity on the intake and offtake volume fifteen, 86 million kilowatts per hour and to carry out the transportation with the use of such facilities.
A decision of the Federal network Agency explained that Gazprom has alternative transport routes and delivery points during the execution of the obligations to the European Union.
before the court of the European Union has considered the complaint of the authorities of Poland and quashed the decision of the European Commission from 2016 to improve the access of Gazprom to OPAL capacity. The court explaining the decision, referred to the violation of the principle of energy solidarity.
Cancelled the decision gave "Gazprom" the opportunity to transport up to 10, 2 billion cubic meters of gas per year, participating in the right auctions. According to current European norms, default "Gazprom" can count only 50% of transit capacities of the pipe, or 12, 8 billion.
in "Gazprom" and the Russian government are working on the official response to the court's decision. Minister of energy Alexander Novak said that the Restriction will affect the dialogues on gas with Ukraine and the European Commission, and will affect the circumstances of the energy supply of European countries. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak did not rule out appealing the verdict.
OPAL - pipeline-tap, which connects Nord stream with the gas transmission system in Central and Western Europe. Gas flows to Germany to the Czech border.