Germany’s gas hub merger sparks controversy

By Silvia Favasuli 18 May 2017
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VNG trading in Leipzig, Germany. Plans to merge the country’s gas trading hubs have come as a surprise. (VNG) VNG trading in Leipzig, Germany. Plans to merge the country’s gas trading hubs have come as a surprise. (VNG)

Legislative proposals published by Energy Minister Brigitte Zypries to merge Germany’s two gas hubs have come as a surprise to analysts and stakeholders alike. 

However, adoption of the proposals is seen as “very likely [as there is the] political will to do so”, Patrick Barouki, head of gas trading and origination at German energy company Uniper, told delegates at the Flame conference in Amsterdam last week.

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