Deputy Chairman of "Gazprom" Alexander Medvedev said that the company made changes to the agreement, which were introduced by the European Commission on the OPAL pipeline, which connects with Nord Stream with the gas transmission systems in Western and Central Europe. This was reported by "Kommersant".
Medvedev emphasized that the European Commission introduced requirements to the German regulator on making changes, and these requirements were received by “Gazprom”.
"We analyzed everything in detail and came to the conclusion that, although it is preferably not be faced with a unilateral change in the previously agreed conditions, and if changed, the change should be made as a result of negotiations, not by accepting such form of behavior. But, Miller accepted these conditions, and we are to sign it,” Medvedev said.
He explained that when the amended version of the agreement will get all the necessary signatures, "it will enable OPAL power to be distributed in accordance with this agreement in January.”
"We can use more power than we do now, it depends on the outcome of the auction, but we plan to reach 90% of OPAL capacity through this procedure." Medvedev said.
Earlier, in late October, the European Commission allowed "Gazprom" to increase the power and pump gas through OPAL pipeline, which bypasses the territory of Ukraine. Only 50% of the pipeline capacity was available to the Russian gas monopoly.