EU financial support for the Poland-Slovakia pipeline
GAZ-SYSTEM and EUSTREAM - Polish and Slovak transmission system operators - have received financing from the European Union for construction works for the connection of the Poland - Slovakia pipeline in the maximum amount of EUR 108 million. The financial support was granted within the framework of the Connecting Europe Facility - CEF instrument. The Poland-Slovakia pipeline construction project received the greatest support out of all the 18 projects for the development of the energy infrastructure in the EU selected to received financing by the European Commission in 2017.
The Poland - Slovakia pipeline connection along with the development of the natural gas internal infrastructure in Poland is part of the North-South Corridor, meaning the key project of the gas infrastructure planned in Central and Eastern and South Eastern Europe for the purpose in increasing the regional diversification and gas supply security.
The European Union's financial support for the Poland - Slovakia pipeline is an undoubted success for both parties to the project. The connection will open the Slovak market for the import of gas from the LNG terminal in Świnoujście – said Tomasz Stępień, CEO of GAZ-SYSTEM.
The two-way connection between Poland - Slovakia will connect the gas transfer systems of both countries: the Slovak gas compressor station is located in Veľké Kapušany and the gas interconnection point in Strachocina. The entire length of the pipeline amounts to 164 km out of which 58 km lies on the territory of Poland. The Poland - Slovakia inter-system connection project also covers the necessary development of the internal industrial network in South-Eastern Poland, the construction of a compressor station in Strachocina, modification of the existing compressor station in Veľké Kapušany and the construction of a measuring station close to the Polish-Slovak border.
In October 2013, the European Commission gave the Poland - Slovakia gas pipeline connection the status of Project of Common Interest - PCI. In 2015, GAZ-SYSTEM and EUSTREAM received financial support from the European Union for the planning and design works in the scope of this project.
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Gas Transmission Operator GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. is a strategic company for the Polish economy, responsible for the transmission of natural gas and the management of the most important gas pipelines in Poland. GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. is also the owner of Polskie LNG S.A., a company established to build the Świnoujście LNG terminal.
As part of its 2015-2025 investment scheme, GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. is planning to build over 2,000 km of new gas lines in western, southern and eastern Poland. Further expansion of the domestic transmission system, including construction of new gas pipelines being part of the North-South Gas Corridor, as well as construction of interconnections with Lithuania, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, will enhance Poland’s energy security and contribute considerably to the development of the European transmission system.
In 2009-2015, GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. completed an investment plan consisting in the construction of over 1,200 km of new gas transmission lines in north-western and central Poland. The projects implemented by the company and the physical and virtual reversal on the Yamal pipeline have translated into a significant increase in technical import opportunities on routes other than from the East.