Marketing of OPAL capacities started

Auctions for new partially regulated transport capacities will start on 1 August 2017
German Federal Network Agency allows marketing of OPAL capacities

Kassel. After the General Court of the European Union and the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court had previously already lifted the temporary suspension of the settlement agreement on the allocation of OPAL capacities (see press release dated 28 July 2017), the German Federal Network Agency has now also followed suit with its revocation of the temporary ruling to implement the decision made by the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court on 30 December 2016 (file ref.: BK7-08-009-E1-W1, 28 July 2017 ). This allows OPAL Gastransport GmbH & Co. KG to market the previously mostly unused OPAL capacities in accordance with the settlement agreement concluded on 28 November 2016 with immediate effect.

The first auctions for daily capacities for transport on Wednesday 2 August 2017, in line with the General Terms and Conditions of the PRISMA Capacity Platform, will take place tomorrow, Tuesday 1 August 2017, on the basis of the PRISMA auction calendar. Bundled and unbundled fixed capacities will be offered as freely allocable capacity (fac) and dynamically allocable capacity (dac).

In this connection, please observe our General Terms and Conditions dated 28 July 2017, in particular Appendix 2 (“Supplementary Terms and Conditions of OPAL Gastransport GmbH & Co. KG”) and Appendix 3 (“Declaration by non-dominant companies”), which can be found in the download section of our website. These state that we are obligated to immediately cancel capacity bookings from companies with a dominant market position if they do not comply with the regulations of Section 2 (4) of Appendix 2 of the General Terms and Conditions. Such a cancellation of bundled marketed capacity has no influence on the booking with our bundling partner NET4GAS.

OPAL Gastransport operates the OPAL, a pipeline approximately 470 kilometers in length which runs in a southerly direction from the Nord Stream landing point in Lubmin near Greifswald as far as the Czech Republic. Along the route, the natural gas pipeline with a transport capacity of 36 billion cubic meters of gas per year crosses the federal states of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg and Saxony.