EC ready to help in Baltic Pipe stalemate

The European Commission has said it is ready to step in and help solve a problem threatening the completion of a pipeline that will bring Norwegian gas to Poland, a Commission spokesman told PAP on Wednesday.

The Baltic Pipe faces delays after Denmark withdrew environmental permits for an overland stretch of the pipeline crossing its territory.

With construction overseen by Danish gas and electricity operator Energinet and Polish gas operator Gaz-System, the pipeline will bring natural gas from the Norwegian sector of the North Sea to Poland and is due to be completed in October 2022.

But last Thursday, Energinet announced that Copenhagen had withdrawn its environmental permits for the pipeline's overland stretch in Denmark pending a review of a July 12, 2019 decision to grant them.

The European Commission has said it will try help to get the project, which is co-funded by the EU as part of its energy and climate policy, back on track.

"The Baltic Pipe project is a Project of Common Interest which has the aim of helping the EU attain its energy and climate policy goals - affordable, safe and sustainable energy for all... The European Commission is ready to help the sides in finding a solution to the problem," a spokesperson said.

On Monday, a Polish government official said Denmark's decision should not stop the pipeline being finished on time.