The European Commission granted Russian Gazprom the expanded access to the OPAL pipeline, which allows Russia to pump more gas to Europe bypassing Ukraine, Reuters reports.
The decision enables Russia to transport additional 7.7 – 0.2 billion cubic meters of gas to the European Union across the territory of Germany.
Besides, according to the decision taken, from 10% to 20% of the pipeline capacity should be reserved for the other gas suppliers, however these free capacity may be used by Gazprom in case these capacities are not sold.
Previously, the Gazprom competitor were offered only 4% – 8% of the pipeline capacity.
As it was reported, deficient occupancy of the underground gas storage facilities (UGS) in Ukraine raises Russia fears. That’s why Gazprom may resume gas supplies to Ukraine any moment at a price of 180 dollars for thousand cubic meters on a pre-paid basis, reports TASS citing the Russian President Vladimir Putin.