Policy & Regulation

WTO ruling may favour Russia in OPAL probe

Moscow sees the WTO ruling against capacity restrictions on OPAL as a big win, as it could influence a final verdict by the ECJ expected early next year Moscow sees the WTO ruling against capacity restrictions on OPAL as a big win, as it could influence a final verdict by the ECJ expected early next year.
By Andreas Walstad 22 August 2018 0 32247
The landing point of Nord Stream 1 in Germany. (Nord Stream)

A World Trade Organization (WTO) panel ruled on 10 August that capacity restrictions on the OPAL pipeline are inconsistent with international trade laws – a decision that could influence a court case pending in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and produce a favourable outcome for Russia. 

OPAL – the pipeline that connects Nord Stream 1 to Germany’s gas grid – was subject to severe capacity restrictions between 2009 and 2016. Volumes were limited to around 50% of the pipeline’s capacity unless Gazprom auctioned 3 billion...