The Ukrainian side hopes that the European Commission does not give permission to Gazprom to increase the use of capacities of the OPAL gas pipeline, otherwise Kiev may lose up to 425 million dollars of transit revenues a year, said the head of Board NAK "Naftogaz Ukraine" Andriy KOBOLEV.
"As a member of the brotherhood and energy of Ukraine hopes that the decision of the European Commission will fully comply with the requirements and principles of the EU and will focus on the achievement of its basic objectives is to unite Europe in an effort to be energy independent ", – quoted KOBOLEV in the message on the Internet representative office of Naftogaz.
Kobolyev believes that " empowering Gazprom will lead to the increased dependence of European countries from the Russian monopolist and will help the implementation of the plans of Gazprom on the elimination of the Ukrainian gas transport system As a competitor in the supply of gas to the EU ". According to the Ukrainian side, in the case of adoption by the European Commission progsprache solutions the volumes of gas transit from Russia via Ukraine and, accordingly, transit revenue will be significantly reduced. If Gazprom will receive access to an additional 30% of the capacity of OPAL, the transit will be reduced to 10-11 billion cubic Meters per year, and transit revenues of Ukraine – at 290-320 million dollars (the old rate), and If you get 40% of the capacity of OPAL, transit losses will be 13, 5 to 14, 5 billion cubic Meters per year, and transit revenues will be reduced by 395-425 million dollars. On Wednesday it was announced that the EC and Gazprom have made progress on settlement in pre-trial mode antitrust investigation by the EU against Russian organizations. The day before the media said that the European Commission has allowed Gazprom to use more than 50% of the capacity of OPAL, land continuation of the " Nord stream ". Later, other sources said that the conclusion about the possible removal of restrictions on the access of Gazprom to the OPAL gas pipeline in Germany will be removed by Monday, October 31. The print edition GLANCE, a detailed analysis of this decision of the European Commission. The gas pipeline OPAL with a capacity of 36 billion cubic meters of gas per year, is a branch of the gas pipeline "Nord stream" through which gas supplies from Russia to the European Union. The operator of the gas pipeline OPAL – OPAL Gastransport GmbH