Nord Stream 2 AG, the operator of Nord Stream 2, has appealed the Dusseldorf court's ruling not to exempt the pipeline from the updated EU Gas Directive. The operator of the project is trying to challenge the court's decision, which was made in August this year, Angi reports.
“We confirm that Nord Stream 2, in compliance with the established deadlines, filed an appeal against the decision of the Supreme Regional Court of Dusseldorf of August 25, 2021, to the Supreme Federal Court of Germany,” the company replied to the relevant media request.
In June 2020, Nord Stream 2 AG appealed to the Regional Supreme Court of Dusseldorf against the decision of the Federal Grid Agency of Germany, which refused to release the company from the requirements of the updated EU Gas Directive. On August 25, 2021, the Dusseldorf Regional Supreme Court dismissed the company's claim.
The norms of the directive, in particular, require the separation of the functions of gas production and transportation, as well as provide access to a part of the pipe capacities of alternative suppliers. However, the German regulator, subject to the first condition, has the right to allow Gazprom to fill the gas pipeline to 100%.
Nord Stream 2 AG is the operator of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, of which Gazprom is the sole shareholder. European partners of the project are Royal Dutch Shell, OMV, Engie, Uniper and Wintershall.
As reported, in early September the German regulator received documents for certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.