Nord Stream 2 AG, which is building and will operate the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, has applied to German authorities for certification as an independent gas transmission system operator, media in Russia reported, citing the company’s press service.
The announcement said that Nord Stream 2 AG has applied to the German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur – BNetzA) for “preventive certification as an independent transport system operator”.
At the same time, the company announced that it will continue to take legal action regarding the EU Gas Directive. This involves an appeal in the German courts against the rejection of its application to exempt the gas pipeline being built by Gazprom from the revised EU Gas Directive.
The directive, which came into force in 2019, stipulates that the offshore parts of gas pipelines within the EU will be subject to the provisions of the restrictive Third Energy Package.
This law stipulates that pipeline operators are obliged to ensure unbundling between transmission systems and their operators and to establish a non-discriminatory regime for third-party operators’ access to the transmission system and gas supply on the basis of published tariffs.
In the case of Nord Stream 2, its operator, Nord Stream 2 AG, is 100% owned by Gazprom.