Nord Stream 2 lost a court case on exemption from the requirements of the EU Gas Directive

The Düsseldorf Supreme Regional Court on Wednesday ruled against Nord Stream 2 AG, the operator of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which challenged the decision to comply with the EU Gas Directive, Reuters reports, according to Evropeyska Pravda.

The court rejected the complaint filed by Nord Stream 2 against the Federal Network Agency Bundesnetzagentur, which ruled not to exempt the pipeline from the EU Gas Directive. The Court considers that the current EU rules must apply to the pipeline.

EU rules require that companies that produce, transport and distribute gas within the European Union be separated. These rules are aimed at ensuring fair competition across the market and preventing companies from hindering competitors' access to infrastructure.

This means that the company that transports the gas must sell its capacity to third parties.

The Nord Stream 2 operator claims that the EU rules, amended in 2019, were aimed at destroying the pipeline. Compliance with these rules will cost Nord Stream 2 additional time and money, but will not stop its completion.

The $11 billion, 55 billion cubic meter project has faced political opposition from Washington, as well as from Ukraine and Poland, which could lose transit profits if the pipeline goes live.

Joe Biden signed a decree on the possibility of sanctions against Russian pipelines.

On August 23, the energy ministers of Ukraine, the United States and Germany discussed the threats to the energy security of Ukraine and all of Europe because of the launch of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline construction project, the issues of reforming the energy sector of Ukraine and the introduction of new technologies.

Earlier, Yurii Vitrenko said that Naftogaz is ready to continue the transit contract with Gazprom after 2024.

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