Announcing the start of construction work, President Duda said the project would be “very good news for Poland, and not just for the near future, but I deeply believe that for the coming decades."
The project, which will see 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas flowing to Poland annually and 3 billion cubic meters of raw material from Poland to Denmark, was implemented by the Danish Energinet and Polish Gaz-System and has strategic importance in ensuring the diversification of energy sources for Poland.
The pipeline will help end Polish dependency on Russian energy by bringing in Norwegian gas.
On Monday, in Brussels, Gaz-System S.A., a Polish gas transmission operator, signed a contract for co-financing of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline, thanks to which natural gas from Norway will be transported to Poland.
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.
Polish government's official Piotr Naimski, during Tuesday's speech at the Jamestown Foundation in Washington, highlighted the importance of the planned Baltic Pipe gas pipeline for the energy needs of Poland and the Baltic Sea region countries.
Polish gas transmission operator Gaz-System has chosen the preferred route for the Baltic Pipe, a gas transmission facility that will deliver Norwegian gas to Poland under the sea. The route will cover 275 km in total, the company announced.
The construction of the sea-bed section of the Baltic Pipe will begin in the spring of 2020 and will last for 24 months, the Polish government's commissioner for strategic energy infrastructure, Piotr Naimski, said on Monday.
The Polish government's commissioner for strategic energy infrastructure, Piotr Naimski, said that the 2022 deadline for building the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline is ambitious, but achievable. "We'll make it," he declared.
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.