“Gazprom cuts flows via Opal gas pipeline after Polish challenge upheld”
Gas deliveries from Russia to Germany via the Opal pipeline fell by around 30 percent after Poland successfully appealed before the European Court of Justice. The ruling suspended a deal that would give Gazprom greater access, removing a key hurdle to the company’s plan to double Nord Stream capacity, reports Reuters. “[Poland] opposes Gazprom's plan to double the size of the Nord Stream pipeline into Germany, which threatens Poland's importance as a transit site and potentially undercuts its influence in future gas supply talks,” writes Reuters. The court's decision means that, for now, Gazprom will not be able to exercise the right to increase its capacity on the pipeline, writes Reuters. Opal links the Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream with eastern Germany and the Czech Republic
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