Baltic Pipe gas link on track for 2022: Polish FM
PR dla Zagranicy
The construction of the Baltic Pipe gas link connecting Poland with Norway via Denmark is proceeding according to schedule, with the completion date set for October 2022, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz has been quoted as saying.
Polish Foreign Minister Jacek CzaputowiczPhoto: EPA/Vidar Ruud
Czaputowicz was speaking at a press conference in Oslo after talks with his Norwegian counterpart Ine Eriksen Soereide on Wednesday.
Poland’s annual gas usage is estimated at around 17 billion cubic metres, of which half is imported from Russia’s gas giant Gazprom under a contract expiring in 2022.
Once built, the Baltic Pipe will carry 10 billion cubic metres of natural gas to Poland annually.
Czaputowicz was quoted by the Reuters news agency as saying that Poland would push for the planned gas link to be finished by 2022 “in order not to be forced to continue that contract with Gazprom. Simply we do not want to prolong that contract.”
The project to build the Baltic Pipe pipeline is part of Warsaw’s efforts to diversify gas supplies and reduce the country’s energy dependence on Russia.