10.01.2018

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

In October and November 2017, GAZ-SYSTEM obtained three decisions determining investment location for the Poland-Lithuania gas pipeline. They relate to a 185-kilometer-long northern section of the interconnector on the Polish side – from the village of Rudka-Skroda in Kolno district (Podlaskie Voivodeship) to the Lithuanian border.

The decisions determining investment location with respect to the construction of the Poland-Lithuania interconnector were issued:

  • on 27 October 2017 by the Voivode of Podlaskie Voivodeship for the 72-kilometer-long section in the territory of Kolno and Grajewo districts,
  • on 29 November 2017 by the Voivode of Podlaskie Voivodeship for the 75-kilometer-long section in the territory of Sejny and Suwałki districts,
  • on 30 November 2017 by the Voivode of Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship for the 38.5-kilometer-long section in the territory of Ełk district.

“The gas connection with Lithuania is important for the integration of the European gas system. It will contribute to creating a liberalised gas market in the north-eastern part of Europe. It will eliminate ‘energy islands’, i.e. regions dependent on gas deliveries from only one source,” says Tomasz Stępień, President of the Management Board of GAZ-SYSTEM.

In June 2016, a decision was made to modify the assumptions of the interconnector project on the Polish side. The modifications consisted mainly in changing the starting point of the route from the Rembelszczyzna Gas Compressor Station to the Hołowczyce Gas Compressor Station. As a result, the design works on the pipeline section Rembelszczyzna – Rudka Skroda were suspended.

In order to expedite the implementation of the gas connection with Lithuania, the construction of the pipeline on the Polish side was divided into two sections:

  • northern section: Rudka-Skroda – PL-LT border with the length of 185 km – 16 communes
  • southern section: Hołowczyce – Rudka-Skroda with the length of ca. 153 km – 18 communes

In April 2016, GAZ-SYSTEM approved and accepted the Preliminary Design, and in August it obtained the decision on environmental conditions for the northern section of the Poland-Lithuania interconnector. “The decisions determining investment location obtained in recent months are another major step forward in the implementation of the Poland-Lithuania interconnector. The activities we are currently undertaking will allow us to obtain the building permit and select the building contractor as early as next year,” says Paweł Jakubowski, Director of the Development Division at GAZ-SYSTEM.   

As far as the southern section is concerned, the pipeline design contractor, who will be responsible for obtaining all the decisions, is currently being selected.

The commissioning of the entire gas pipeline is scheduled for 2021.

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Basic technical data of the pipeline:

  • Pipeline diameter – DN700
  • Maximum operating pressure (MOP) – 8.4 MPa
  • Total length – ca. 338 km on the Polish side, ca. 177 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, Dz.U. 2014 item 1501, consolidated text, as amended), known as the Special Purpose Act.

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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.

 


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