The Court of Justice of the European Union on Tuesday issued a favourable ruling for Poland by cancelling the EC decision to grant Gazprom 100 percent of the Opal pipeline's capacity.
The pipeline will help end Polish dependency on Russian energy by bringing in Norwegian gas.
The row between Poland and Denmark was not about ownership of the maritime territory, rather it was about delineating the exclusive economic zone.
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.
As Poland pushes to reduce its dependence on Russian gas, plans for Baltic Pipe are moving forward. The project will create a new gas supply corridor on the European market, enabling Norwegian gas to be sent directly to Denmark and Poland. The exact route will be chosen in June, the Polish government’s plenipotentiary for strategic energy infrastructure Piotr Naimski announced. Once the decision is made, the first pipe could be laid in 2020, he indicated.