Lithuania, Poland Lay Cross-Border Part of Gas Pipe
Contractors have completed the 50-m cross-border section of the Gas Interconnector Poland Lithuania (GIPL), Lithuanian transmission operator Amber Grid reported on February 2.
Lithuania broke ground on the GIPL gas link in February 2020 and to date, 126 km of its 508 km length have been completed. The pipeline will connect the Baltic gas system with the rest of the EU market for the first time, delivering up to 2.4bn m3/year of gas to Lithuania and 1.9bn m3/yr to Poland. It is still on track for completion by the end of this year.
The EU-backed project will allow gas from Poland's Swinoujscie LNG terminal and other sources to flow into the Baltic states and Finland, which launched a gas interconnector with Estonia at the start of 2020. Meanwhile, Poland will gain access to LNG arriving at Lithuania's Klaipeda terminal, and the Incukalns underground gas storage site. These markets are dominated by Russia's Gazprom.
"The GIPL works schedule is very tight; therefore, the works never stop – we cannot afford such a luxury," Tomas Sidlauskas, CEO of Lithuanian contractor UAB Alvora, said in a statement. "We have been constantly assessing the situation and adjusting the project works schedule in order to accomplish this interconnection that is important for Lithuania’s energy independence as soon as possible."
(banner image courtesy of Amber Grid)