Poland’s Baltic Pipe Secures Second Permit
The Baltic Pipe project has secured a second permit, Polish TSO Gaz-System announced June 25.
The governor of the West Pomerania Province, Poland’s most north westerly region, signed the decision on establishing the location for the construction of the Baltic Pipe infrastructure June 21, the company said. The project secured its first permit, from the region of Wielkopolska to the south east of West Pomerania, on May 15.
The West Pomerania part of the project will see a pipeline built to link the Ploty transmission station to the Goleniow compressor station, both within the region, as well as the extension of the Ploty transmission station.
The permit expands the permissions for the Polish onshore section of Baltic Pipe, which will ship gas to the central European country from the Norwegian shelf via Denmark. Polish officials have said they hope to launch construction in mid-2020 and have the pipeline fully operational by 2022.
The 10bn m³/yr line, which will complement the Swinoujscie LNG terminal in the same corner of the country, is planned to allow Poland to reduce its reliance on Russian imports, or even drop them altogether when the pair's long-term contract expires in 2022. Gaz-System and Danish partner Energinet signed off on €215mn in EU funding for Baltic Pipe in April.
Baltic Pipe route