The German Authorities Appreciated The Court's Decision On The Opal Gas Pipeline
The decision of the EU court, which rejected Germany's appeal in the case of the Opal pipeline, cannot be challenged by judicial and legal methods, limiting the capacity of gas pumping through the pipeline does not pose a threat to the energy supply of Germany, the country's Energy Ministry told.
Earlier on Thursday, the EU Court rejected Germany's appeal regarding access to the Opal gas pipeline.
"Today's decision of the European Court of Justice confirmed the decision of the European Court of Lower Instance of 2019. An appeal against the decision is not possible," the ministry said, commenting on the court's decision.
The ministry noted that limiting the capacity of gas pumping through the pipeline does not pose a threat to Germany.
"The Federal Government does not see a threat to Germany's energy supply due to capacity restrictions (gas pumping). In addition, in recent years, the construction of liquefied gas receiving terminals, connecting infrastructure, and reverse pumping capabilities has continued in Europe. Germany is in a good position thanks to the measures of the emergency gas plan and the preventive plan of the European Parliament and the Council on measures to ensure reliable gas supply," the ministry added.
In 2016, the European Commission expanded Gazprom's access to the Opal gas pipeline, which receives Nord Stream gas. The company could exclusively reserve 50% (about 12.3 billion cubic meters) of the approximately 25 billion cubic meters of transit capacity available to it, and could receive all the remaining 50% of the transit capacity through auctions with third parties.
However, in September 2019, the EU Court of Justice overturned this decision on the claim of Poland, considering it to violate the principle of energy solidarity. Now Gazprom can again book only half of the transit capacity of the gas pipeline.
Later, the German Ministry of Economy filed an appeal to the EU Court against the decision of the European Court of General Jurisdiction regarding the Opal gas pipeline. On Thursday, it became known that the court rejected it.