Baltic Pipe construction contract to be signed by December: official
PR dla Zagranicy
Poland's state-run gas grid operator Gaz-System and Denmark's transmission system operator Energinet are expected to sign a contract on the construction of the Baltic Pipe by early December, Polish Radio’s IAR news agency has reported.
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Piotr Naimski, the Polish government's pointman on “strategic energy infrastructure,” said: “We are on schedule.” He added that construction work was due to be completed by 2022.
“Construction is to commence in 2020,” Naimski told IAR.
The plan to build a pipeline linking Poland with Norway via Denmark is part of Warsaw’s efforts to diversify gas supplies and reduce the country’s dependence on Russia.
Once built, the Baltic Pipe will carry 10 billion cubic metres of natural gas to Poland annually, IAR said.
Poland's long-term gas supply contract with Russia is set to expire by 2022, after which time the country wants to maximise exploitation of its north-western Świnoujście Liquefied Natural Gas terminal, as well as using its own resources and and importing gas via the planned Baltic Pipe.