The OPAL pipeline: controversies about the rules for its use and the question of supply security

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Series Details No.229 (17.01.17)
Publication Date 17/01/2017
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The record volumes of gas supplied via the OPAL and Nord Stream pipeline in recent weeks have been accompanied by controversy over the rules for utilisation of the OPAL pipeline’s capacity. Both the clash of interests between companies and states about how to use the gas pipeline, and the different interpretations of the impact of Gazprom’s increased utilisation of OPAL due to the new EC regulations on the situation on the gas markets in the EU have been revealed.

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ESO: Background information: The European Commission enables increased use of the OPAL pipeline by Gazprom
ESO: Background information: Gas markets: Commission reinforces market conditions in revised exemption decision on OPAL pipeline

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