Warsaw, September 15 - Neftegaz.RU.
On the eve of the inauguration of the Nord Stream 2
pipeline bringing Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea, the Polish government’s plenipotentiary for strategic energy infrastructure, Piotr Naimski, has confirmed that Poland will become independent of Russian gas
supplies from 2023.
According to Euractiv
, Naimski was hopeful about the prospects for the Baltic Pipe
gas pipeline to be fully operational as of 1 October 2022.
He added at a press conference:
- We will not extend the contract with the Russian Gazprom
Poland is in the process of diversifying its energy sources.
Gasification is a major process to limit the country’s dependence
- The amount of gas we will be using in Poland will grow by some 50% by 2030 or soon afterwards
According to Naimski, as the Polish company Gaz-System
is building interconnectors to neighbouring countries, it will allow importing «the full amount of gas necessary for the economy from other than Russian sources».
The Baltic Pipe is a gas pipeline project connecting the Norwegian gas fields with Denmark and Poland.
Once operational, the gas transportation capacity will be 10 billion m3 per annum.
Naimski explained that the delays in construction
were linked with certain environmental questions «which were now solved by our Danish partners».
With the Baltic Pipe and other infrastructure, Poland
will be fully connected to the Western European markets, including the commodity markets.
- In case of need, we will be able to purchase more gas
At the European market level, the imported gas from Russia and Norway
is mixed up and traded as such.
- Then it has no significance from the security perspective