Bonn (AP) - The Russian energy group Gazprom allowed on a line across East Germany no longer transport as much gas as before.
As the Federal Network Agency announced as the competent regulatory authority, it decided so-called supervisory measures against the operator Opal Gastransport and against Gazprom. So far, Gazprom is allowed to use 80 percent of the line capacity, but has to sell part of it on the market. In the future, the Russians will only use 40 percent, but completely under their own direction.
The decision is no surprise, rather the Bonn authority is thus implementing a judgment of the Luxembourg EU court on Tuesday. The dispute was about whether Gazprom's capacity on the East German Opal Pipeline could be raised from 40 to 80 percent, which Gazprom was allowed to do in 2016 in a deal approved by Brussels. This brought Poland on the palm, Warsaw complained and won - the approval of the European Commission was tilted, the contract was invalid. Now the state that existed before 2016 has been restored: Gazprom uses only 40 percent of its pipeline capacity.
The background is the conflict around Nord Stream. Because Opal is the extension of the pipeline, which has been operating since 2011, which transports Russian gas through the Baltic Sea to Europe. Opal then forwards the gas through Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg and Saxony to the Czech Republic. The Russians rely more on the transport route Baltic Sea, Poland, however, pounding the land route through Eastern Europe - also out of concern to be cut off from the gas flow on the way across the sea.