Poland and Ukraine have long opposed the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, and both claim that their financial and political losses should be compensated. But in fact, they were already ‘made whole’, Danila Bochkarev writes.
The construction of the TAP pipeline could set an example of what a project developer’s role should be – to build a commercial infrastructure project, while mitigating any potential environmental and social challenges, writes Danila Bochkarev.
Warsaw’s objections regarding the Nord Stream 2 pipeline are not linked with the energy security imperative or energy market distortions. It is actually unclear how the launch of the Nord Stream-2 pipeline could negatively affect Poland’s energy market, writes Danila Bochkarev.
US pipeline sanctions suggest a deliberate misreading of the European gas market and a paternalistic “America knows best” view of how Europeans should manage their energy commerce, writes Danila Bochkarev.
European gas consumers, especially in Germany, are dependent on Poland’s willingness to set reasonable transit tariffs for the Polish section of the Yamal gas pipeline. But a deadline looms, and the risk of disruption exists, writes Danila Bochkarev.
US Sanctions on Nord Stream 2– especially since their imposition is officially supported by the management of Ukraine's Naftogaz – could complicate if not completely derail the negotiation process between Moscow and Kyiv on the future of gas transit, writes Danila Bochkarev.
Many of the existing 'Projects of Common Interest' in the gas sector struggle to make economic sense and might end up as stranded assets. This waste of public resources must stop, writes Danila Bochkarev.
When it comes to EU energy policy, Warsaw does not always adhere to the letter and the spirit of EU law and tends to select rules a la carte, adapting them to Poland's narrowly-defined interests, writes Danila Bochkarev.
The presence of alternative supplies – in the form of liquefied or pipeline gas fixing a price ceiling - and a well-functioning, competitive EU gas market, will hedge European consumers against high energy prices, writes Danila Bochkarev.
Improving energy efficiency and reducing energy consumption should be the key priority of Ukraine's energy policy. The country’s energy-saving potential could be as much as 50% of its current energy consumption, writes Danila Bochkarev.