GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. has signed an investor's supervision contract over the construction of the Szczecin-Lwówek gas pipeline

On 15 March 2012, GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. signed an investor's supervision contract with the Company ILF Consulting Engineers Polska Sp. z o.o. over the construction of the Szczecin-Lwówek gas pipeline. The Company was selected under public tender proceedings. The object of the contract is the performance of actions connected with fulfilment of supervision over the construction process, particularly in the scope of investor's supervision and environmental supervision.

The author of the civil engineering design of the high-pressure gas pipeline on the Szczecin–Lwówek route is ILF Consulting Engineers Polska Sp. z o.o. in a consortium with ILF Beratende Ingenieure ZT
from Austria.

The Szczecin-Lwówek gas pipeline, which is 188.3 km in length, is located in the territory of the Western Pomeranian, Lubusz and Greater Poland Voivodships. The gas pipeline will 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: Szczecin – Gorzów Wielkopolski, and Gorzów Wielkopolski – Lwówek. GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. has already obtained the environmental approval and the building permit decisions for this gas pipeline.

The estimated value of the investment is 647.02 mln PLN, whereas the amount awarded under the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment ¬2007-2013 amounts to 159.26 mln PLN. The following gas pipelines have also obtained co-funding from the funds of 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.

The 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 approx. 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 01 546, mob. 691 911 217
e-mail: pr@gaz-system.pl

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