Polish pipeline operator Europol Gaz has filed an arbitration lawsuit against Gazprom to recover losses it suffered due to the Russian energy giant ceasing gas deliveries last year.
Europol Gaz, which owns the Polish section of the Yamal gas pipeline, is seeking approximately 6bn zlotys ($1.45bn) in compensation. The gas pipeline connects the Yamal Peninsula in Russia to western Europe, including Poland.
The decision was announced by Jacek Sasin, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State Assets, on state-owned TV channel TVP Info.
“The gas that was supposed to flow through Poland does not flow, therefore Poland has the right to demand a refund,” Sasin said.
The company is seeking the return of 848m zlotys in gas transmission payments from 2006 to 2009 that were remitted to Gazprom in 2010, with the understanding that Gazprom would continue to transport gas until 2045.
Furthermore, Europol Gaz estimates that it will suffer a loss of nearly 5.4bn zlotys in revenue from petrol transmission costs by 2045 because of the suspension of petrol shipments by Gazprom to Poland in April of last year.
Gazprom ceased shipment after the Polish Government refused to pay for the fuel in roubles following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
According to documents obtained by the Polish Press Agency, EuRoPol Gaz requested payment from Gazprom for the alleged sums at the end of April.
EuRoPol Gaz then requested arbitration on 9 May when the Russian company declined its payment request.
The claim has been filed at the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.
In November last year, Poland launched a temporary compulsory administration over Gazprom’s stake in the Yamal gas pipeline system in Polish territory.
Gazprom held a 48% stake in System Gazociągów Tranzytowych EuRoPol Gaz, which owns the 684km Polish section of the Yamal gas pipeline system, while Polish state companies own the remaining stake.