Šefčovič commented on the increased access for Gazprom to the Opal

MOSCOW, Nov 4 — RIA Novosti. Vice-President of the European Commission on energy Union Maros Sefcovic believes that expanded access for Gazprom to the Opal gas pipeline from the European Commission underlines the fact that the existing transmission system is sufficient to export gas from Russia to Europe, according to Bloomberg.

According to maroš Šefčovič, the Opal natural gas pipeline “can be used to transport large volumes.” “This underscores the fact that the current infrastructure is sufficient to deliver gas from Russia to Europe,” he said.

Sefcovic added that the European Commission there is “no clarity” over possible new proposals concerning the financing of the pipeline “Nord stream-2”.

The European Commission in late October approved an enhanced access “Gazprom” to the Opal pipeline. The agreement, which was considered by the EC, was only 80% of the transit capacities of the Opal gas pipeline to 32 billion cubic meters to 25.6 billion cubic meters, said a source in the EC. Gazprom already has access to 50% of the allocation of the capacity of the pipeline, which amount to 12.8 billion cubic meters of gas. Now the EC resolved on the distribution of another 12.8 billion cubic meters of gas in Opal.