Poland plans to increase gas, crude oil mining in Norway

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PKN Orlen, Poland's leading oil and gas company, plans to increase the production of natural gas and crude oil in Norway, the company’s CEO said on Friday.

"We have submitted development plans of new sea deposits to the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy," Daniel Obajtek wrote on Twitter, adding that gas would be transported to Poland via the Baltic Pipe.

In October, PKN Orlen took over Poland’s natural gas giant PGNiG. The production of gas from the Norwegian shelf is conducted by PKN Orlen’s subsidiary PGNiG Upstream Norway.

"We will start first drillings in 2024," Obajtek said, adding that the production was to be launched a year later.

According to Obajtek, production at the two deposits on the Norwegian Shelf, in which PGNiG has its share, will start in 2027 on condition that both the development and mining plans had been approved by Norwegian parliament.

On Dec. 6, PGNiG reported that PGNiG Upstream, along with other licence partners had motioned for the approval of the development and mining plan of the Verdande deposit in the Norwegian Sea.

The Baltic Pipe is a multi-billion joint venture by Polish and Danish gas operators Gaz-System and Energinet linking Norwegian gas fields to Poland and Denmark.

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