Anna Mikulska (nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies and a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kleinman Center for Energy Policy) and Wojciech Jakóbik, editor-in-chief of BiznesAlert.pl wrote an article for Axios, where they predicted the effect of the revised EU gas directive on the contested Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
Under the framework, called the Third Energy Package (TEP), energy generation and supply need to be separate from transmission networks. If the compromise secures final approval, that stipulation could affect the Nord Stream 2 (NS2) offshore pipeline currently under construction, as it’s owned and operated entirely by Russia’s state-owned Gazprom – write the experts.
If the proposal becomes law, NS2 likely won’t be abandoned, but might suffer construction delays, cost increases and revenue losses. Germany will likely try to cushion these impacts by pushing for TEP exemptions. The EC can step in if it believes EU members’ interests and antimonopoly laws are at stake, but that could expose further divisions on both NS2 and other pipeline projects – conclude the experts.
You can find the full article here.