January 17, 2014 15:53
European Commission to finalize OPAL exemptions from Third Energy Package by early Feb (Part 2)
MOSCOW. Jan 17 (Interfax) - The European Commission may approve exemptions from the Third Energy Package for the OPAL gas pipeline, which is fed by the Nord Stream pipeline, at the end of January or beginning of February, Russian Deputy Energy Minister Anatoly Yanovsky told journalists.
The issue was discussing during Energy Minister Alexander Novak's meeting with European Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger in Moscow on Friday morning.
"It was stated at the talks with Oettinger that there is a certain technical procedure that will be completed at the end of January or the beginning of February, and the issue will be settled in the strictest accordance with the law," Yanovsky said, adding that he was referring to a favorable outcome.
A statement from the Energy Ministry confirms that "Oettinger informed the energy minister that internal procedures concerning the European Commission's decision on exemptions for the OPAL project are being carried out."
The European Commission had demanded that a portion of capacity on OPAL, the eastern extension of the Nord Stream pipeline, be reserved "for third parties." But OPAL is supplied entirely with Russian gas from Nord Stream and serves no third parties, he said, adding that such constraints on its use would result in higher transportation costs, on offshore and onshore routes.
Commenting on interactions between Russian and EU officials regarding the European Commission's antimonopoly investigation into Gazprom (MOEX: GAZP) operations, Yanovsky said that "a dialog is underway" and pointed out that he held a meeting with European Commissioner for Competition Joaquin Almunia in December.
(Our editorial staff can be reached at email@example.com)
July 20, 2017
Aliyev declares Karabakh, Armenia 'historical Azeri lands'
Russian-U.S. talks on setting up cyber security working group under way - Russian president's envoy (Part 3)
OSCE on anniversary of Sheremet murder calls on Kyiv to end impunity of journalists killers
Drop in Philip Morris Russian sales slows to 4.7% in Q2
Moscow seeks Washington's clarification of reports on extension of Bout's sentence - Foreign Ministry
Int'l arbitration panel in Arctic Sunrise case encourages unlawful actions in Arctic - Russian Foreign Ministry (Part 2)
Putin congratulates Moscow Helsinki Group leader Alekseyeva in person on her 90th birthday
MICEX and RTS Indexes at 15:00 MSK
Rogozin to visit Moldova although he wasn't allowed to come aboard Russian Aerospace Forces plane
Sberbank appeals ruling in Transneft lawsuit over derivatives - court materials (Part 2)
Investigators believe 'Russian connection' in Sheremet killing is highly probable - Ukrainian Interior Ministry
S-400 missile systems to be delivered to China on time, in line with contract - Rosoboronexport