EU Court confirms dismissal of Poland’s request to suspend decision on OPAL

TASS Russian News Agency | Dec 4, 2019 at 12:03 PM

BRUSSELS, December 4. /TASS/. The European Court of Justice dismissed the complaint of the Polish oil and gas company PGNiG demanding to suspend the decision on the access to the OPAL gas pipeline, a tribunal official confirmed this information to TASS.

"Yes, it is true," the official said responding to the relevant question.

Earlier on Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that the EU court had dismissed a complaint from the Polish company PGNiG regarding the suspension of the EU's decision on the access to the OPAL gas pipeline.

OPAL is a branch pipe connecting the Nord Stream pipeline with the gas transmission system of Central and Western Europe. Gas enters Germany to the border with the Czech Republic.

In 2016, the European Commission expanded Gazprom's access to the OPAL pipeline. The Russian company received an exclusive right to book 50% (about 12.3 bln cubic meters) of the entire pipeline's transit capacity it had the access to (about 25 bcm of transit capacities of the pipeline). Through the auctions with third parties the Russian gas holding could also receive the remaining 50% of the pipeline's transit capacity.

But in September, the European Court canceled the decision the European Commission had taken in 2016, which allowed Gazprom to use OPAL capacities to 100% (36 bcm per year). Currently, the Russian holding can use only 50% of the pipeline's capacity.