Decision regarding the building permit of the gas pipeline on the Szczecin-Lwówek route, the Gorzów Wielkopolski-Lwówek section

On 12 March 2012, the Greater Poland Voivode, Piotr Florek, issued a building permit decision for the gas pipeline (700 mm in diameter, 20.35 km in length and 8,4 MPa) on the Szczecin-Lwówek route along with accompanying infrastructure, Stage 2 Gorzów Wielkopolski – Lwówek section in the territory of the Greater Poland Voivodship. Thanks to this, GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. now has the full set of documentation for this investment, which includes:
1.    The decision of the Western Pomeranian Voivode encompassing the following Poviats: Goleniów, Stargard, Pyry, Choszczno (Stage 1),
2.    The decision of the Lubusz Voivode for the Poviats of Strzelce-Dresden, and Gorzów 1 (Stage 1),
3.    The decision of the Lubusz Voivode for the Gorzów 2, Międzyrzecze Poviats (Stage 2),
4.    The decision of the Greater Pomerania Voivode encompassing the following Poviats: Międzychód, Nowotomysk (Stage 2).

The Szczecin-Lwówek gas pipeline 188.35 km in length, is located in the territory of the Western Pomeranian Voivodship, the Lubusz Voivodship and the Greater Poland Voivodship. The gas pipeline will partly run along the existing high-pressure gas pipeline on the Goleniów-Lwówek route. The construction of the gas pipeline will take place in two stages:
•    Stage 1 of the investment, 117.8 km in length, Szczecin – Gorzów Wielkopolski, encompasses the following Poviats: Goleniów, Stargard, Pyry, Choszczno, Strzelce-Dresden, and Górzów 1,
•    Stage 2 of the investment, 70.55 km in length, Gorzów Wielkopolski – Lwówek, encompasses the following Poviats: Gorzów 2, Międzyrzecze, Międzychód, and Nowotomysk.

 GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. has already obtained the environmental approval decision and the location decision for this gas pipeline.

The estimated value of the investment is 647.02 mln PLN, whereas the amount of co-funding awarded under the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment 2007-2013 ¬amounts to 159.26 mln PLN. The following gas pipelines have also received co-financing from this Operational Programme: Gustorzyn-Odolanów (175.45 mln PLN), Szczecin-Gdańsk (226.88 mln PLN), Włocławek–Gdynia (21.47 mln PLN), Jeleniów-Dziwiszów (43.90 mln PLN), Polkowice-Żary (25.59 mln PLN) and Rembelszczyzna-Gustorzyn (121.55 mln PLN).

The planned date of completion of the investment is February 2014.

Gas Transmission Operator GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. is a strategic Polish Company responsible for natural gas transmissions throughout Poland. The Company manages assets worth approx. 5 bn PLN comprised mainly of elements of the transmission system, e.g. more than 9.7 thousand km of high pressure pipelines, 15 compressor stations, 56 hubs and 970 exit points. The Company employs over 2,000 persons. GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. is also the owner of the Polskie LNG S.A. Company, which was established to construct the liquefied natural gas terminal (LNG) terminal in Świnoujście.

GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. is planning to construct over 1,000 km of new gas pipelines by 2014. The most important will be in north-west and central Poland (Szczecin–Lwówek, Świnoujście–Szczecin, Szczecin–Gdańsk, Rembelszczyzna–Gustorzyn, and Gustorzyn-Odolanów). The development of the gas transmission network in Poland may constitute an important element of the North - South Gas Corridor connecting the LNG terminal in Świnoujście with the planned Adria LNG terminal through the transmission infrastructure of Central European countries.

In 2011, GAZ–SYSTEM S.A. completed the construction of the Włocławek–Gdynia gas pipeline, the gas compressor station in Goleniów and the gas compressor station in Jarosław. The Company has also opened the new Poland–Czech Interconnector, which will enable the transmission of approx. 0.5 bcm of gas annually. GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. has also developed gas pipelines in Lower Silesia, which will enable the off-take of greater amounts of gas from the western direction. It is possible to transport up to 1.5 bcm of gas annually (the earlier capacity amounted to 0.9 bcm of gas annually) via the Lasów point on the Polish-German border.

Investments fulfilled by GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. in 2011 with the possibility of using virtual reverse flow services on the Yamal pipeline have created the technical possibilities to import over 3.3 bcm of gas annually to Poland from new sources (approx. 30% of the currently performed import).

Małgorzata Polkowska
Spokesperson for GAZ-SYSTEM S.A.
Tel. 22 22 01 546, mob. 691 911 217
e-mail: pr@gaz-system.pl

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