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Construction of the Baltic Pipe´s offshore section is completed, Poland aims to secure independence from Russian gas

On November 18, the last weld was made on the gas pipeline connecting the coasts of Denmark and Poland

Construction of the Baltic Pipe´s offshore section is completed, Poland aims to secure independence from Russian gas

Source: Twitter Baltic Pipe

Warsaw, November 19 - Neftegaz.RU. Polish GAZ-SYSTEM announced that the construction of the offshore section is completed, the pipeline will have a capacity roughly equivalent the amount of gas Poland currently imports from Russia.

During the construction of about 275 km long gas pipeline across the maritime areas of Denmark, Sweden and Poland, GAZ-SYSTEM used more than 22,000 pipes with a nominal diameter of 900 mm.
They were all welded together and laid on the bottom of the Baltic Sea by specialized vessels.
During the work, the vessels were active at sea 24 hours a day.

As part of the offshore works, 2 tunnels were also drilled at the points of exit of the offshore gas pipeline.
In Poland, the tunnel is about 600 m long, and in Denmark about 1000 m.
Tomasz Stępień, President of the Management Board of GAZ-SYSTEM, said:
  • We still have to go through tests, technical tests, and approvals
  • We have about a year to complete this work, so that from October 1, 2022, we can start commercial gas transmission from the Norwegian shelf to Poland
Polish and Danish gas infrastructure operators GAZ-SYSTEM and Energinet are the project's 2 investors.
Baltic Pipe has received financial support from the EU, the total funding granted so far amounts to €215 million.
The project is estimated at about €1.7 billion.

Poland’s current agreement with Gazprom expires next year.
In recent years, Polish PGNiG has contracted LNG deliveries from the USA, resulting in a reduction of gas imports from Russia from 87% to 60%.
After 2022 diversification will be even greater with the launch of the Baltic Pipe, allowing gas to be obtained from Norway.

Piotr Naimski, Polish government's commissioner for strategic energy infrastructure, noted:
  • This day brings us significantly closer to achieving the desired secure diversity of supply sources to Poland in 2022
  • The capacity of Baltic Pipe will amount to 10 billion m3 per year, which is comparable to the volume of gas received by Poland under the long-term contract with Russian Gazprom, which expires in December 2022
  • Baltic Pipe will ensure the security of gas supplies to the Polish economy in the next 20-30 years
  • The gas pipeline will free Poland from monopoly, we will not be doomed to political talks with Russian suppliers
On November 18, just as Baltic Pipe was clearing its key milestone, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki – who has also long opposed Nord Stream 2 – called on Germany to stop the project «if it wants to work for peace».

To read the article in Russian

Author: Elena Alifirova

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