Poland-Lithuania gas pipeline

Description of the investment

The aim of the project is the construction of a new cross-border gas pipeline, which will connect the natural gas transmission systems of Poland and Lithuania. The Parties to the project are GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. and  Amber Grid AB– the Lithuanian transmission system operator.The project is presently on the pre-investment stage.

Basic properties of the project:

• Diameter of gas pipeline: DN 700 mm,

• Maximum working pressure: 8.4 MPa,

• Total length – approx. 357 km on the Polish side, approx. 165 km on the Lithuanian side.

The project is carried out under the Act of 24 April 2009 on investment projects related to the Świnoujście LNG regasification terminal (Journal of Laws of 2009, No. 84, item 700, as amended), the so-called Special Purpose Gas Act.

Location of the project

The route of the planned gas pipeline is located in 3 provinces: Mazowieckie Province, Podlaskie Province and Warmińsko-Mazurskie Province. The gas pipeline will pass through 12 counties.Construction of the gas pipeline on the Polish side was divided into 2 sections:

• northern section from the Rudka-Skroda Shut-off and Relief Valve System to the border between Poland and Lithuania - area of 16 communes;

• southern section from the Hołowczyce Compressor Station to the Rudka-Skroda Shut-off and Relief Valve System - area of 18 communes.

Benefits

The Poland – Lithuania Interconnector is perceived by the European Commission as infrastructure contributing to the integration of the European gas system and the shaping of a liberalised gas market in the northeastern part of Europe. It is considered to be a significant element that can eliminate the barriers in the formation of a gas market in this part of Europe by getting rid of the so-called "energy islands” – regions that are dependent from gas supplies from one direction, that is, from the Baltic States.

Project of Common Interest

The European Commission granted the status of the Project of Common Interest to the project. More information about the meaning of PCI status for the development of the gas transmission infrastructure is presented here and in the brochure on PCI projects. Subject to meeting additional requirments, the project might also be eligible for the EU funding under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), which will apply under the European Union financial perspective 2014-2020.

In May 2015, the project received financial support from the European Union as part of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for planning and design work, including obtaining the permits required to implement the project.

In October 2015, the Polish and Latvian transmission system operators, GAZ-SYSTEM S.A and AB Amber Grid, signed a trilateral agreement with the EU Innovation Network Executive Agency (INEA)  concerning the financial support of the EU for the measure referred to as: “Construction of the Gas Interconnection Poland–Lithuania (GIPL) including supporting infrastructure”. Pursuant to the agreement, the project was awarded financial support from the EU as part of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

In January 2017, amendments were signed for both grant agreements under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)

GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. carries out the Poland - Lithuania gas pipeline project without prejudice to rights of all stakeholders. Please, submit your notes, comments and questions concerning the Poland - Lithuania gas pipeline project, which is the Project of Common Interest, via this form.


18.05.2018 Cross-Border Cost Allocation Agreement on Gas Interconnection Poland-Lithuania (GIPL) Project

23.01.2018 The Poland-Lithuania gas pipeline, southern section will be designed by PANGAZ Sp. z o.o.

04.01.2018 Location decisions for the northern section of the Poland-Lithuania gas interconnector

30.11.2017 GAZ-SYSTEM investments recognised as the priority projects in the European Union

08.09.2016 Gas Interconnection Poland - Lithuania (The GIPL Projekct): Works conducted on the polish side

13.05.2015 Spatial Planning and Engineering Design Works of the Poland-Lithuania Gas Interconnection Project Were Granted Financial Assistance of the European Union

27.01.2015 Consultations regarding the list of Projects of Common Interest

18.12.2014 GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. has launched a tender procedure for the preparation of design documentation for new gas interconnections with the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Lithuania

28.08.2014 The Polish and Lithuanian gas transmission system operators submitted applications for EU support for the project Gas Interconnection Poland-Lithuania

31.10.2014 More than PLN 1.3 billion of EU support for the integration of the gas transmission system

28.08.2014 The Polish and Lithuanian gas transmission system operators submitted applications for EU support for the project Gas Interconnection Poland-Lithuania 

21.02.2014 Projects of Common Interest (PCI) conducted by GAZ-SYSTEM S.A.: publication of an information brochure

15.10.2013 Selected infrastructure projects of GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. were awarded the status of projects of common interest (PCI)

02.07.2012 Agreement on Feasibility study of the gas interconnection Poland-Lithuania (GIPL) is signed

10.02.2012 The Business Case Analysis of Gas Interconnection Poland – Lithuania finalized


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