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    Reduced Nord Stream, Opal Gas Supplies Have No Impact on German Energy Security

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    Reduced gas supplies via Nord Stream and Opal pipelines did not affect the energy security of Germany, German Ministry of Economy spokeswoman Beate Baron told Sputnik on Thursday, adding that gas transit to EU countries remained stable.

    BERLIN, February 2 (Sputnik) — She stressed that gas transit to the EU states remained stable as there were "enough transit capacity" for the supplies of Russian gas.

    "The security of German energy supply remains at a high level. Gas markets are stable. The decrease in [gas] transit via OPAL from February 1, 2017 due to the European Court of Justice decisions did not affect German energy security," Baron said.

    In October 2016, the European Commission expanded Russian energy giant Gazprom's access to the Opal gas pipeline, connecting Europe’s gas transportation network with the Nord Stream pipeline, by additional 40 percent.

    However, the European Court of Justice in December suspended the EU approval to give Gazprom more of the pipeline's capacity after an appeal from Poland, claiming that such actions would undermine gas supply security, as well as competition on the EU gas markets.

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