Poland, Lithuania fast-track pipeline launch
Poland and Lithuania plan to launch commercial gas flow at a cross-border pipeline on May 1, rather than in mid-2022 as previously planned, their governments announced on February 28.
Lithuanian energy minister Dainius Kreivys said the project was important in ensuring the country's security of energy supply. Fears of potential Russian energy supply disruptions have been mounting since Moscow began its invasion of Ukraine, now in its sixth day.
The pipeline will strengthen both countries' energy security. On the one hand, Poland will gain access to Lithuania's Klaipeda LNG import terminal and Latvia's Incukalns gas storage facility, while on the other, Lithuania will secure access to Poland's Klaipeda LNG terminal.
Between May 1 and September 30, the pipeline will be capable of transporting 2bn m3/year, or 22.5 TWh/yr of gas in the direction of Lithuania and 1.9bn m3/yr, or 21 TWh/yr in the direction of Poland. It will be able to pump up to 27 TWh/yr of gas to Lithuania once it reaches full capacity.
Initial capacities in both directions will be offered for booking in April at the GSA gas transmission platform.