03.07.2018

“Energy of the future”: a debate on the role of infrastructure in strengthening Poland's energy security

The role of infrastructure investments, such as the Baltic Pipe and LNG Terminal, in the development of the fuel and energy sector and strengthening the energy security of Poland are the main topics of the “Energy of the Future” conference organized by the Libertatis Institute. The debate, which took place in Warsaw on 22 June 2018, was attended by Piotr Naimski, secretary of state in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister and Government Plenipotentiary for Strategic Energy Infrastructure.

During the discussion called “Gas in Poland after 2022. Diversification of supply and market construction”, Minister Piotr Naimski stressed that the operation of the Świnoujście LNG terminal is of great importance in strengthening the energy autonomy of Poland and Central and Eastern Europe as well as in the gas market develpoment in this region.

Minister Naimski also pointed out that the second key element of the gas infrastructure development in Poland, besides the expansion of the terminal, will be the implementation of the Baltic Pipe project. He emphasized that thanks to this investment our country will break free from dependency on single source gas supply.
 
- The Baltic Pipe will enable an annual transmission of up to 10 billion m3 of gas, the expanded Świnoujście LNG terminal will have the opportunity to input 7.5 billion m3 of gas into the Polish system. Jointly, the investments will cover Poland's demand for this raw material. Thanks to these strategic investments, our gas market will be fully liberal - he said.

Minister Naimski reminded that the preferred variant of the route of the planned Baltic Pipe was announced this week (June 20, 2018). He pointed out that a contract on the construction of a gas pipeline (“construction agreement”) between GAZ-SYSTEM and Energinet will be signed by the end of this year. Conclusion of the contract is equivalent to making the final decision on the investment by the companies.

-This confirms that the investment schedule is being systematically implemented. We are determined to implement the project according to plan and on time - he added.

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Since October 2016, the Libertatis Institute has been organizing events during which important economic, scientific and cultural topics are discussed. The purpose of the periodical debates is to seek the best solutions for improving the quality of managing
a country.

The “Energy of the future” conference was attended by, among others, the representatives of the Ministry of Energy, the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, the largest companies in the fuel and energy industry and the world of science.

 

Od lewej siedzą: dr Szymon Kardaś, Ośrodek Studiów Wschodnich, dr Dawid Piekarz, Instytut Staszica, Wojciech Jakóbik, moderator, Piotr Naimski, Sekretarz stanu w KPRM, Pełnomocnik Rządu ds. Strategicznej Infrastruktury Energetycznej

 

 

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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