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    Poland to auction off cross-border gas capacity

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Poland will gain access to three new gas interconnectors this year.

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Poland to auction off cross-border gas capacity

Poland's gas grid operator Gaz-System announced on June 13 that it planned to auction off annual gas transmission capacity at three new gas interconnectors with Denmark, Lithuania and Slovakia.

The auctions, which will take place on July 4, will support the diversification of Polish gas supply, Gaz-System said. Poland no longer receives gas from Russia, after Gazprom halted deliveries in April over Warsaw's refusal to pay for gas in rubles. 

Poland is counting on the launch this October of the 10bn m3/year Baltic Pipe to avoid shortages as a result of Russia's decision. The pipeline will deliver Norwegian gas via Denmark.

Poland can also receive gas from Lithuania's Klaipeda LNG import terminal, following the launch of a 2bn m3/yr cross-border link between the two countries in early May. Also scheduled for commissioning this year is a 5.7bn m3/yr pipeline connecting Poland with Slovakia. Construction finished in May, and the pipeline is now undergoing tests.