Poland, Denmark take final decisions on Baltic Pipe project

Poland's gas grid operator Gaz-System and its Danish peer Energinet reached final investment decisions to launch construction of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline, representatives of both governments and operators announced in Warsaw on Friday.

The 900 km land and seabed pipeline will enable Norwegian natural gas deliveries to Poland, Denmark and other countries in the region, as well as deliveries from Poland to Denmark and Sweden. The signed investment decisions enable launch of construction works under a construction agreement concluded on November 16.

Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki termed today's announcement a milestone in Poland's energy security and independence.

Piotr Naimski, the Polish government's Commissioner for Strategic Energy Infrastructure, said that there is a lot of work ahead, but after today's decisions "we can say that the Baltic Pipe is a 100 percent ready project."

In tune with a statement released by the commissioner’s office "the next important stage of the implementation in the Baltic Pipe project will be the submission of applications for environmental decisions and construction permits for the gas pipeline. The first of them will be filed to the proper authorities in Poland, Denmark and Sweden in the first quarter of 2019.

Sides expect gas deliveries to begin in October 2022. The pipeline's annual capacity is to reach 10 billion cubic metres of gas from the Norwegian Shelf. Together with deliveries to the Świnoujście port gas terminal, Poland will be able to receive some 16-17 billion cubic metres of gas a year from other than eastern directions.

The Baltic Pipe Project is recognized by the European Commission as a "Project of Common Interest." This status is granted to projects that strengthen the European internal energy market by reaching the EU’s energy policy objectives. The project already received EUR 51.4 million in EU financial support from the Connecting Europe Facility.