Poland challenged the permit Gazprom to increase supplies bypassing Ukraine


Poland appealed to the European court the permission of the European Commission to “Gazprom” to increase the use of capacities of the OPAL gas pipeline, which unites the “Nord stream” gas transmission system in Central and Western Europe, Reuters reported citing the Polish Press Agency.

“The situation threatens the security of gas supplies to the European Union, especially in the region of Central Europe”, — said the official representative of the Polish Ministry of Finance Joanna Wajda. She stressed that this “raises a serious risk of security of gas supplies to Poland, as it increases its dependence on a single supplier — Russia.”

The Polish party proposes to suspend the decision, said, as reported by Gazeta Prawna, Wajda. The decision, she said, leads to a concentration on one source of supply, which is contrary to the principle of diversification.

In October, the European Commission confirmed that it has allowed “Gazprom” to increase the use of capacities of the OPAL gas pipeline.

As Reuters wrote, the power of OPAL is 36 billion cubic meters of gas per year, but the German regulator has allowed Gazprom to use it only 50% — to pump no more than 18 billion cubic meters of gas annually. The EC decision allows “Gazprom” to participate in auctions on pumping that shaft with another 7.7–10.2 billion cubic meters, that is to receive the access to a 21.4–28.3% of capacity.

The day before the confirmation of the European Commission of its decision the CEO of the Ukrainian “Naftogaz” Andrew KOBOLEV warned that if the EC will allow Russian companies to increase the use of OPAL, Kiev may lose up to $425 million from the transit of Russian gas.

The increase flow of gas to “Gazprom” to the OPAL will probably lead to “greater dependence of some European countries from the Russian monopolist”, said Kobolyev. It also “will contribute to the realization of Russia’s plans to destroy the Ukrainian gas transportation system as a competitor in the supply of gas to consumers in the EU,” he added.

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