Russia's gas giant Gazprom said on Thursday it would no longer be able to export gas through Poland via the Yamal-Europe pipeline due to Moscow's sanctions on the owner of the pipeline's Polish section, Reuters news agency has reported citing the Russian company.
The Polish state assets minister has said that the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline, which will take gas from Norway to the Danish and Polish markets, will become fully operational on October 1 this year.
A Russian energy company has stopped supplying gas to more than a dozen Polish municipalities after Poland imposed sanctions on the company.
The underwater stretch of the Baltic Pipe gasline to link Norway's gasbeds with Denmark and Poland could be completed this year, weather permitting, a government official said on Thursday.
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.
Poland is favourably inclined towards US plans to sanction companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said on Friday in the Slovak capital Bratislava.