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    Poland Wins Bid to Reduce Russian Control of EU Gas Pipeline

    Poland Wins Bid to Reduce Russian Control of EU Gas Pipeline

    “The court has agreed with our arguments,” Polish Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchorzewski said.



    9/10/19
    Poland won a European Union court ruling that limits Russia’s control of a key natural gas link. The eastern European nation successfully challenged a European Commission decision from 2016 that allowed Gazprom PJSC to use most of the capacity on the Opal pipeline in Germany. That link in turn carries fuel from the Baltic Sea Nord Stream pipeline, a key part of the Moscow-based company’s plans to avoid shipping its fuel across Ukraine. Russia supplies more than a third of Europe’s natural gas, with a lot of that flowing through Ukraine’s Soviet-era pipelines, which it says it may no longer need thanks in part to Nord Stream. The two sides and the EU are in negotiations to replace the current transit deal, which expires at the end of this year, and with less capacity available on Opal, Gazprom would be more reliant on alternative routes.

    “The ruling keeps Poland’s and Ukraine’s energy security at a high level,” Polish Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchorzewski told reporters. “Poland’s victory in this case reduces the likelihood of a serious gas crisis in Ukraine, which could also affect other countries in the region, including Poland.” The EU General Court in Luxembourg on Tuesday overturned the 2016 decision, saying it had been “adopted in breach of the principle of energy solidarity.” The ruling can be appealed. According to the decision, the Russian exporter would need to allow other suppliers to use Opal’s capacity under “stringent EU market rules” to ensure non-discriminatory access to all gas companies. The decision improves Ukraine’s negotiating position with Russia.
    This European Court ruling puts a crimp in the NordStream-2 plans of Moscow and Berlin, and provides Ukraine with some gas-transit security.

    Related: EU's top court curtails Gazprom access to Nord Stream pipeline link


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    Re: Poland Wins Bid to Reduce Russian Control of EU Gas Pipeline

    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Valley View Post
    Poland Wins Bid to Reduce Russian Control of EU Gas Pipeline

    “The court has agreed with our arguments,” Polish Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchorzewski said.





    This European Court ruling puts a crimp in the NordStream-2 plans of Moscow and Berlin, and provides Ukraine with some gas-transit security.

    Related: EU's top court curtails Gazprom access to Nord Stream pipeline link
    look like Muscovy is in trouble , gasprom is loosing south Europe against LNG and azari gas
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