OPAL Gastransport GmbH & Co. KG examines decision by the European Commission

Kassel. The European Commission adopted modified exception conditions for use of the OPAL gas pipeline on Friday. They will be examined as soon as they are available to OPAL Gastransport GmbH & Co. The objective should be to find a solution for the planned, long-term utilization of OPAL’s capacities so that the pipeline can make an important contribution to supply security for Germany and Europe.

The decision was occasioned by a settlement agreement, which was signed between the German Federal Network Agency, OPAL Gastransport GmbH & Co. KG, PAO Gazprom and OOO Gazprom Export in May 2016 and had been submitted to the European Commission. The settlement agreement had been signed back in 2013, but did not become effective at the time. It was concluded again with mainly the same contents in May 2016. Under the agreement, the Amendment OPAL Exemption Decision from 2009 is to be amended.

OPAL Gastransport & Co. KG 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.