Poland Hires Supplier for Baltic Pipe Project
Germany’s Europipe secured a contract on January 9 to supply pipes for the offshore section of Poland’s Baltic Pipe project, Polish grid operator Gaz-System said in a statement.
Baltic Pipe is due to start pumping up to 10bn m3/yr of gas from Norwegian gas fields to Poland via Denmark starting in October 2022. The project will help create a competitive gas market in both Poland and Europe, according to Polish energy infrastructure minister Piotr Naimski.
“The contract signed today by Gaz-System for the supply of pipes ... is an important element of this process,” he said.
The 900-km Baltic Pipe has already received approval for construction of its offshore section from Polish and Danish regulators, and is awaiting permission from Sweden. Work on the pipeline in Polish and Danish waters will begin this year, according to Gaz-System.
Baltic Pipe is expected to cost €1.6bn ($1.8bn). As an EU project of common interest, it has secured almost €215mn in grants from Brussels’ Connecting Europe Facility. Its developers are Gaz-System and its Danish counterpart Energinet.