FRANKFURT, Aug 19 (Reuters) - A German regional court plans to decide on Aug. 25 whether European Union unbundling rules requiring the separation of energy production from transportation and trade apply to the German section of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
The Gazprom-led consortium building the pipeline to carry Russian gas under the Baltic Sea to Germany says the EU rules are discriminatory, but even if the Duesseldorf Higher Regional Court rules in NS 2’s favour, there are other open issued as listed here:
- The pipeline is expected to be ready by the end of 2021 once its Danish and German sections are joined and certification has been obtained from the German energy regulator.
Certification should take a maximum of four months but will only start once all paperwork is complete, which entails checks being made between the Berlin economics ministry and Gazprom.
- Some insurance firms distanced themselves from NS 2 in February, citing the risk of U.S. sanctions. While the United States and Germany have since reached a deal to allow NS 2 to proceed, there has been no word on any potential insurer.
- In a separate legal case, the consortium has appealed against a May 2020 decision by the European Court of Justice which referred the job of enforcing the EU gas directive back to national authorities in Germany.
- The NS 2 consortium has also called for arbitration around its discrimination claim under the international energy charter that protects investments.
- The energy ministry of the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has to approve the start of pipeline operations.
- Environmental group DUH has filed a complaint with a Greifswald regional court against the operational licence granted to NS 2 by the Stralsund mining authority.
- DUH has also filed a complaint against approval by the federal maritime regulator (BSH) for the construction and operation of NS 2 in German waters.
Reporting by Vera Eckert, editing by Kirsten Donovan