15.09.2017

Completion of construction of one of the gas pipelines

GAZ-SYSTEM completed the construction of gas pipeline between Czeszów – Wierzchowice. Together with the remaining gas pipelines which are being built in Lower Silesia, this gas pipeline will facilitate transport of increased amounts of gas from the north and south of the country.

The Czeszów – Wierzchowice high pressure gas station with a length of ca. 14 km and a diameter of 1000 mm is located in the Lower Silesian province in the communes of Zawonia and Krośnice. It is part of the western thread of the North-South Gas Corridor which allows for the full integration of the industrial infrastructure in this part of Europe. The value of the entire investment is PLN 91 million.

CO FINANCING FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION

The construction of the gas pipeline was co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development funds within the framework of the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme 2014-2020. The co-financing amounted to PLN 47.7 million.

THE NORTH-SOUTH CORRIDOR

The North-South Corridor will link the LNG Terminal in Świnoujście (along with the planned Baltic Pipe pipeline), through southern Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, with the LNG terminal in Croatia.
 
The completion of the Corridor covers the building of an eastern thread and a western thread, which comprises, among others, the Czeszów – Wierzchowice pipeline. The main aim of constructing the North-South Corridor in the western part is increasing the industrial capability between Poland and the Czech Republic through the modernization and construction of industrial systems on both sides of the border along with the Poland - Czech Republic interconnector. This will ensure the possibility of sending gas in both directions.

The completion of the Corridor will also enable building Poland's independence in the scope of the supply of gas and the integration of the European system. The consistently expanded gas transfer system and cross-border connections will open new perspectives of development and will strengthen the company's position domestically and abroad. "We possess new gas sources like the Świnoujście LNG terminal, we have taken a subsequent step towards building the Baltic Pipe. The development of the internal gas transfer system is essential for the possibility of sending this gas to the Polish economy, from the north of the country to the south. The Czeszów – Wierzchowice is bringing us closer to achieving this aim” - said Artur Zawartko, GAZ-SYSTEM Management Board Vice President.

PROJECT OF A COMMUNITY MEANING

In 2013, the European Commission entered the North-South Corridor onto the lists of projects of a community meaning. This list also includes five other GAZ-SYSTEM investments: connecting Poland-Lithuania, the Baltic Pipe, the expansion of the LNG Terminal in Świnoujście, the expansion of the exit points from the Yamal–Europe pipeline as well as the connection between Poland - Slovakia. Giving these projects PCI status proves that the development of the gas infrastructure in Europe is treated in a very significant manner.

ABOUT GAZ-SYSTEM S.A.

GAZ-SYSTEM is a single person joint stock State Treasury company of a strategic meaning for the Polish economy. The company's key task is the transport of gas fuels via a transfer network all over the country to distribution networks as well as to final recipients, connected to the transfer network. By expanding the natural gas transfer system, GAZ-SYSTEM combines the expectations of its clients with the development of the company and the gas market in Poland.

The long term objective of the company's operations is building the position of one of the best functioning suppliers of gas transfer services in Europe.

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.

 


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