Poland and Sweden discuss Baltic Pipe, energy market

Cooperation on the Baltic Pipe project and in the energy market dominated Wednesday's talks between Polish commissioner for strategic energy infrastructure Piotr Naimski and Swedish officials in Stockholm.

The Baltic Pipe, which is to link Norwegian gasbeds with Poland and Denmark, may partially run through Swedish territorial waters.

The Baltic Pipe project aims to diversify gas deliveries to Poland by connecting the country’s gas system to deposits in the North Sea under the so-called Northern Corridor concept. The Baltic Pipe natural gas pipeline is to run along the Baltic seabed and link the Polish and Danish gas transmission systems. It will also enable Poland to obtain gas from Norway and other sources.

The pipeline is expected to be launched by the end of 2022 when Poland’s contract with Russia’s state-owned energy giant Gazprom for deliveries via the Yamal pipeline expires.

The cost of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline is estimated at nearly EUR 1.7 billion. 

In Stockholm, Naimski spoke with Emil Hoegberg from the Swedish Environment and Energy Ministry, Robert Andren, the Ministry's director-general for energy, Fredrik Ahlen, director-general for administration at the Enterprise and Innovation Ministry, and Mikael Eriksson energy ambassador at the Foreign Ministry.