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Kyiv suggests that Gazprom should use Ukrainian gas transit system instead of OPAL

Christian Fernsby |
The CEO of the Ukrainian gas company Naftogaz, Andriy Kobolyev, stated that gas supplies, which Gazprom used to provide through OPAL gas pipeline, could be conducted through the gas transportation systems (GTS) of Ukraine and Slovakia.

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Topics: KYIV    UKRAINE    GAS    OPAL    GAZPROM   

"If Gazprom wants to continue delivering the same gas volumes to the same places as it used to do through the OPAL pipeline, but using a shorter route, the Ukrainian and Slovak gas transportation systems will easily cope with this.

"Ukrainian and Slovak GTS were already used for that before Gazprom gained exclusive access to the OPAL pipeline," said Kobolyev.

He also welcomed the court's decision, noting that it "restored justice and protected fare competition".

On September 10, the European Court of Justice decided in favor of Poland in its dispute with Gazprom over the use of the OPAL gas pipeline.

The OPAL pipeline is the land branch of the Nord Stream (which goes from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea).

The court overturned the decision of the European Commission (EC), which allowed Gazprom to use 100% of the pipeline.

Ukraine and Poland opposed the EC's decision, pointing to the loss of revenue from the transit of Russian gas.

Kyiv stated that it lost $425 million of its annual revenue.


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