OPAL court decision tilts in Gazprom’s favour

Gazprom can ramp up exports on the OPAL pipeline until at least 2019, according to an interim ruling by the European Court of Justice
By Andreas Walstad 24 July 2017
The landfall site for Nord Stream in Germany. (Nord Stream)

Gazprom has won the latest round in its court battle with Poland concerning OPAL, allowing the Russian gas giant to ramp up its exports through the pipeline until at least 2019. 

On Friday, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) lifted a suspension of the European Commission’s decision to allow Gazprom to use additional OPAL capacity. The pipeline connects Nord Stream 1 with the German and Czech markets. 

The interim decision will allow Gazprom to transport an additional 7-10 billion cubic metres of gas per year through OPAL...

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