MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, member of Germany's Wintershall board Ties Tiessen said that Poland was not interested in blocking the Nord Stream 2 pipeline construction, as Warsaw had already requested annual gas deliveries in the amount of 11 billion cubic meters under the project.
"The Ministry of Energy denies that Poland allegedly made a request for gas delivery through the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Poland strongly against the construction of the pipeline Nord Stream 2," the ministry said in a statement published on the website.
Poland's Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) has already postponed proceeding of the application for an approval to establish the Nord Stream 2 AG joint venture for the project two times.
Russian energy giant Gazprom and its partner companies signed a shareholders agreement on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in September 2015. The prospective shareholders are Gazprom, with 50 percent of shares, Germany's Uniper SE and BASF/Wintershall (10 percent each), Anglo-Dutch Royal Dutch Shell (10 percent), Austria's OMV AG (10 percent) and France's Engie (10 percent).
Nord Stream 2 could provide up to 55 billion cubic meters of direct gas supplies from Russian shores through the Baltic Sea, bypassing Baltic states and Poland, to the German coast.