EU asks Poland for futher measures to secure Russia gas deal

05 November 2010 09:59  [Source: ICIS news]

PRAGUE (ICIS)--The EU wants Poland to submit further detailed pipeline management measures in order to obtain approval for a proposed 11-year gas supply deal with Russia, the EU Energy Commissioner said late on Thursday.

Chemical producers are among Polish companies relying on the European Commission’s acceptance of the the long-term contract in the near future to allay fears of gas shortages this winter.

“We have managed to ensure the intergovernmental [gas] agreement between Russia and Poland was brought into line with EU law,” Guenther Oettinger said. “[But] both the Polish authorities and my services agreed the operator agreement will have to be complemented by further implementation measures.”

The EU cited procedures for the calculation and allocation of available pipeline capacity, for the availability of reverse flow services, the setting of non-discriminatory and cost-based pipeline tariffs, and the potential future expansion of the Yamal pipeline, which runs from western Siberia to Germany, via Poland.

Around two-thirds of gas consumed in Poland comes from Russia.

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By: Will Conroy
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