Poland, Germany compete to become major energy hubs?
PR dla Zagranicy
There is a rivalry between Poland and Germany over which country will become a major European energy hub, according to German website Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten.
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The website suggested Baltic Pipe, a planned Norway-to-Poland gas connection, is a “serious threat to Germany”. It added that Germany is set to take over Ukraine's role as an important energy trade platform, thanks to Russian gas giant Gazprom's planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
The Nord Stream 2 project aims to deliver Russian gas to Germany through the Baltic Sea, bypassing Poland and its neighbours.
The planned pipeline has been staunchly opposed by the government in Warsaw, which asked the European Commission to conduct a probe into the investment.
However, the German website said that while there is little chance that the European Commission will block the pipeline's construction, Brussels is increasingly critical of the plan.
Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten also said that – should the Baltic Pipe go ahead – increased competition for Gazprom might see the Russian monopoly hike prices. (vb)