EC expanded Gazprom’s access to gas pipeline bypassing Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The decision allows Gazprom to transport up to 10.2 additional billion cubic meters of gas to the EU
10:40, 29 October 2016


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.

Related: French company to store gas in Ukraine’s underground storages

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.

Related: Ukraine sues Russia for illegal capture of its gas assets in Crimea

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