WARSAW/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe’s top court on Tuesday overruled an EU decision allowing Russia’s Gazprom to ship more gas via the Opal gas pipeline, which links its Nord Stream pipeline to Germany. The ruling is politically charged as Poland and other eastern European nations fight Gazprom’s plans to double the capacity of Nord Stream and bypass legacy gas routes via Poland and Ukraine. Germany, the main beneficiary of the expanded pipeline known as Nord Stream 2, redoubled its defense of the project on Tuesday, while Poland said it threatened gas supplies to central and eastern Europe. Continue reading the article published on the Reuters news website.
Brussels unlikely to appeal EU court decision hampering Nord Stream pipelines
The European Commission is unlikely to appeal a decision of the EU General Court on Tuesday (10 September) to restrict the transit of Russian gas via the Opal pipeline, running on German territory. This decision appears to hampers the Gazprom-backed Nord Stream 2 offshore pipeline project, which is nearing completion, as well as the first leg of the project which is operational since 2011. Continue reading the article published on the Euroactiv news website.
Nord-Stream-Pipeline – Für die deutsche Regierung ist es eine grosse Ohrfeige
Die Pipelines Nord Stream 1 und 2 transportieren Erdgas von Russland nach Deutschland. Polen und die baltischen Staaten fürchten um ihre Energiesicherheit, die EU mache sich zu stark abhängig von Russland. Gazprom durfte bis 2016 zur Sicherung des Wettbewerbs zunächst nur die Hälte der Leitungskapazitäten der Erdgasleitung Opal nutzen, eine Verlängerung von Nord Stream nach Tschechien und Deutschland. Als die EU-Kommission dem russischen Energiekonzern Gazprom die Erlaubnis erteilte, diese Erdgasleitung doch stärker zu nutzen – und zwar zu 80 Prozent statt zu 50 Prozent – da ging Polen vor Gericht. Nun die Überraschung: EU-Richter haben eine Klage von Polen gutgeheissen. Laut Frank Umbach könnte der jetzige Entscheid Signalwirkung haben. Continue…
About LNG from USA
Jarosław Kaczyński wrote in a letter on the occasion of the first LNG delivery from the USA under a long-term agreement of PGNiG-Cheniere that American gas is cheaper than that from the Yamal contract by 20-30 percent. This is obvious obviousness, and the breakthrough is something else – says Wojciech Jakóbik, editor-in-chief of BiznesAlert.pl. The President of Law and Justice compared the price of the Yamal contract with the offer for LNG from the USA under the Cheniere-PGNiG contract. He did not say anything new. While signing the supply agreement from Cheniere in November 2018, the president of PGNiG Piotr Woźniak declared that the contract is 20-30 percent cheaper than the Russian offerfrom the…
President Kaczyński: The price of gas imported from America is almost one third lower than the price of gas imported from Russia.
By becoming dependent on gas supplies from Russia, we are strengthening our political and economic sovereignty – Jarosław Kaczyński, PiS president, wrote in a letter read out on Friday in the gas station in Świnoujście. He added that gas from the USA is almost one third cheaper than Russian gas. Kaczyński’s letter was read by the Government Plenipotentiary for strategic energy infrastructure Piotr Naimski during the official, ceremonial reception in Świnoujście of the first LNG cargo delivered from the USA under long-term contracts with Cheniere. As explained by Naimski, the letter is addressed to the president of PGNiG Piotr Woźniak. The implementation of this contract is a milestone in the sphere of…