On 9 January 2020, GAZ-SYSTEM signed a contract with EUROPIPE GmbH for the supply of pipes for the offshore part of the Baltic Pipe, which will be laid on the bottom of the Baltic Sea. The Company also accepted the design documentation for this gas pipeline.
GAZ-SYSTEM is a guarantor of our national energy security in the area of natural gas. The implementation of the Baltic Pipe will enable the import of increased quantities of up to 10 billion m3 of gas from deposits on the Norwegian Continental Shelf to Poland from October 2022. It is important not only for Poland but also for the whole European Union, as it creates opportunities for a competitive gas market in this part of Europe – said Piotr Naimski, Plenipotentiary for Strategic Energy Infrastructure in Poland.
As part of the contract signed, EUROPIPE GmbH will deliver pipes with a nominal diameter of 900 mm, which will be made in sections with a nominal length of 12.2 m. The contract also covers pipes of the same diameter for the short onshore section of the gas pipeline to the receiving terminal. It will also cover all the protective coatings included in the project, which will both protect the pipeline and minimise its impact on the surroundings and the environment.
GAZ-SYSTEM has also accepted the detailed design that specifies the method of laying the pipeline on the seabed and the section connecting the offshore pipeline with the valve station. It also contains, among other things, reports on the analyses carried out concerning the protection of the pipeline and its stability on the Baltic Sea bottom.
GAZ-SYSTEM has already received a set of permits in Denmark, Sweden and Poland. The construction of the section connecting Poland and Denmark should this year.
In January 2019, the European Commission granted the Baltic Pipe project funding under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for construction work to a maximum of nearly 215 million euro. In 2017 and 2018, support was provided for the preparations of project of approximately 51.45 million euro. In turn, as part of the competition in 2015, the investment received up to EUR 400,000 to develop the feasibility study.