Poland Plans Infrastructure to Support Shale Development
Polish state-owned gas infrastructure company Gaz-System plans to build 800 km of gas pipelines through to 2017 at an estimated cost of 4 billion zlotys (US$1.45 billion), on top of its already launched 5 billion zlotys project (US$1.8 billion) of building 1,000 km of gas pipelines until 2014.
Dziennik Gazeta Prawna quoted company representative Malgorzata Polkowska as saying the projects would enable shale gas exports.
The new infrastructure will also provide for the import and distribution of an additional 6 bcm of gas supplies annually, starting from end-2014, 1 bcm via planned interconnectors with the Czech Republic and 5 bcm via the planned LNG terminal in Swinoujscie.
Upon completion of the the projects, Poland will be able import or export an additional 13 bcm of gas annually.