The European Commission approved the extension of the access of Gazprom to the Opal gas pipeline, which is a continuation of the " Nord stream ", said a source in the EC. Later the information was made public officially.
so, the pipeline is excluded from the norms of the 3rd energy package.
Gazprom at this stage will also get access to 40% of the allocated capacity Opal 25, 6 billion cubic meters, RIA " Novosti ". While EK leaves in reserve 10% of the allocated capacities of the Opal, it has the ability to be gradually increased to 20% Upon demand of third parties. Gazprom will be able to apply 100% of the allocation of the capacity of Opal in 25, 6 billion cubic meters in the absence of demand from third parties. The EC reserves the right to reconsider the decision on access to facilities Opal, If you see a great demand from third parties. Before sources said that the permission of the EC to the extended admission of Gazprom to the Opal pipeline will be valid until 2033. The print edition GLANCE, a detailed analysis of this decision of the European Commission. First, the Ukrainian company "Naftogaz" has complained to the EU that in case of increasing the access of Gazprom to the Opal gas pipeline, it will lose from 290 to 425 million dollars annual parish funds. At the same time, experts underline that due to restrictions on the use of the pipeline suffers the most important Gazprom. Russian Firm investing together with partner 1 billion euros in the construction of the "Opal" had limited opportunities to choose the path of delivery of gas to European customers. If we proceed from the " Naftogaz ", the annual loss of Gazprom is estimated at 530 million dollars for failure to use 50% of the capacity of Opal.