17.08.2012

The European Commission has awarded co-funding for the further modernisation of the transmission system in Lower Silesia

On 23 July 2012, the European Commission took an individual decision
concerning the award of financial aid from the EU for the project titled "Modernisation of the transmission system in the Lower Silesian Voivodship in order to increase functionality and operations of the PL-DE interconnector line.” It was on this basis that the GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. Company received co-funding in the amount of 1.24 mln EUR from the EU Trans-European Energy Networks (TEN-E) Programme.

The project, which is being performed by GAZ-SYSTEM S.A., called the "Modernisation of the transmission system in the Lower Silesian Voivodship in order to increase functionality and operations of the PL-DE interconnector line" is comprised of four tasks and includes engineering and pre-investment works for the following gas pipelines: Lasów-Jeleniów, Gałów-Kiełczów, Wierzchowice-Czeszów as well as for the Krzywa Gas Compressor Station.

The scope of the venture will include the completion of the necessary preliminary documentation connected with obtaining permits including the gas pipeline route design, obtaining the environmental decision, the location decision, the performance of the basic and detailed engineering works and obtaining the building permit. The project will be performed in the years 2011-2014 and its total cost is estimated at 2.25 mln EUR.

The investment part of the project has also been foreseen for co-funding within the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment (OPIE) for the years 2007-2013. It has been taken into consideration on the list of individual projects for OPIE and presently holds the status of a project on the reserve list. The joint outlays have been estimated at 319 mln PLN, and the support of the European Regional Development Fund will amount to 148.2 mln PLN.

The investments conducted by GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. in Lower Silesia are intended to develop the Polish transmission system and increase further the potential of the Polish-German interconnector.
Recently, the modernisation of the transmission system included the construction of the Jeleniów-Dziwiszów gas pipeline which is 65.7 km long that has enabled the transmission capacity to be increased from the western direction from 0.9 bcm to 1.5 bcm annually. The investment, which was completed in the first half of 2012, obtained co-funding from the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment in the amount of almost 44 mln PLN.

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Gas Transmission Operator GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. is a strategic company wholly owned by the Treasury, responsible for natural gas transmissions throughout Poland. The Company controls assets worth more than 5 billion zlotys. These assets include primarily the components of the transmission system, including more than 9,800 km of high-pressure pipelines, 14 compressor stations, 56 network connection points and 970 exit points. The company employs more than 2000 persons.

GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. will build more than 1,000 km of new gas pipelines by 2014. The most important of them will be situated in north-western and central Poland (Szczecin-Lwówek, Świnoujście-Szczecin, Szczecin-Gdańsk, Rembelszczyzna-Gustorzyn and Gustorzyn-Odolanów). The development of the gas transmission network in Poland may constitute an important element of the North – South Gas Corridor connecting the LNG terminal in Świnoujście to the planned Adria LNG terminal through the transmission infrastructure of Central European countries.

In 2011, GAZ–SYSTEM S.A. has completed the construction of the Włocławek–Gdynia gas pipeline and gas compressor stations in Goleniów and Jarosław. The Company has also opened a new Polish–Czech Interconnector that enables the transmission of approx. 0.5 bcm of gas annually. GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. has also developed gas pipelines in Lower Silesia that enable the off-take of greater amounts of gas from the western direction. The capacity at the Lasów point on the Polish-German border is currently 1.5 bcm annually (the previous capacity was 0.9 bcm a year).

The investment projects completed by GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. in 2011 have offered a possibility of using virtual reverse flow services on the Yamal pipeline and created technical capacities to import more than 3.3 bcm of gas annually to Poland from new sources (approx. 30% of the currently imported volume).


Contact:
Małgorzata Polkowska
Press Officer of GAZ-SYSTEM S.A.
Tel. 22 220 15 46, mobile 691 911 217
E-mail: pr@gaz-system.pl

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