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Delay to Brussels’ OPAL decision stymies Gazprom

While Gazprom waits on another delayed decision over its use of the OPAL pipeline, another option for transit from Nord Stream is taking shape While Gazprom waits on another delayed decision over its use of the OPAL pipeline, another option for transit from Nord Stream is taking shape.
By Joshua Posaner 18 July 2016 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power 0 21124
Construction of the OPAL pipeline. A decision on allowing Gazprom full access has been delayed. (Wintershall)

The European Commission has delayed a final decision on whether to grant Gazprom full access to the OPAL pipeline for at least a further two months, marking another delay in the long-running dispute over Nord Stream’s onshore spur.

Gazprom’s deputy chief executive, Alexander Medvedev, said in June that a permit for the use of capacity via OPAL was expected to be granted "in the near future". A proposal was submitted in May by German regulator, the Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), to change a rule that prevents...