The Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) of Germany plans to reject the application of Nord Stream 2 AG building the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, for exemption from the EU gas directive. This is reported by DW.
The regulator sent a document to the participants of the process, according to which the gas pipeline does not comply with the provisions of the Federal Republic of Germany law on the energy sector, which would free it from regulation, since its construction has not yet been completed.
According to the Federal Agency for Networks, the final decision will be made after the participants in the process familiarize themselves with the document. The expiration date is May 8.
We recall that on April 4, 2019, the European Parliament approved an updated directive that applies the EU gas market rules to pipelines laid from non-EU countries (in particular, Nord Stream-2, which should be laid along the bottom of the Baltic Sea between Russia and Germany). Among the main provisions of the directive is the separation of companies that supply gas and companies that transport it. This means that the operator of the Nord Stream-2 company should be independent from Gazprom, and 50 percent of its capacity should be reserved for alternative suppliers. Exceptions are possible, but only with the approval of the European Commission.
Deutsche Umwelthilfe requires a reassessment of the environmental impact of Nord Stream 2, as it has evidence of higher environmental damage from natural gas production than previously thought.
The requirements of environmentalists are based on the legal opinion of the Institute of Economics and Law of the Technical University of Berlin and the environmental lawyer.
"According to modern knowledge, there are significant signs that methane emissions from gas production in Europe and Russia are actually higher than previously thought or indicated by the project initiators," the lawyer's report said.