16.10.2013

Selected infrastructure projects of GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. were awarded the status of projects of common interest (PCI)

On 14 October 2013, the European Commission published the first European list of projects in the natural gas sector that would be awarded the status of projects of common interest (PCI). This list is a stage of works of the Commission based on Regulation (EU) No. 347/2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure, the purpose of which is fostering market integration and enhancing security of natural gas supply. Infrastructure projects of GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. were analysed and assessed, and subsequently were given priority status within two regional gas initiatives.

North-South gas interconnections in Central-Eastern Europe and South-Eastern Europe:

  • Western line of the North-South corridor in Poland together with the Poland – Czech Republic interconnection.
  • Eastern line of the North-South corridor in Poland together with the Poland – Slovakia interconnection.

Baltic Energy Market Interconnections Plan (BEMIP) for gas:

  • Poland – Lithuania interconnection.
  • Baltc Pipe pipeline.
  • Extension of LNG terminal in Świnoujście.
  • Extension of entry points to Yamal pipeline in Lwówek and Włocławek.

The status of Projects of Common Interest confirms the importance of infrastructure investments undertaken by GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. in the context of the development of the integrated and competitive natural gas market in Central Europe, as well as their contribution to security of supply and diversification of natural gas supply sources.
In justified instances, the projects of common interest will be eligible to receive Union financial assistance within a Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). In the new 2014-2020 financial perspective, CEF will be the instrument used by the European Commission to provide co-financing for projects supporting achievements of priority objectives of the EU energy policy.

GAZ-SYSTEM is a strategic company for the Polish economy. It is responsible for the transmission of natural gas, manages the most important gas pipelines in Poland and owns the President Lech Kaczyński LNG Terminal in Świnoujście.

As part of the 2015-2025 investment programme, GAZ-SYSTEM is constructing over 2000 km of new gas pipelines in the western, southern and eastern parts of Poland. Over a dozen new gas pipelines are under construction within the North-South Gas Corridor and the compressor station in Kędzierzyn Koźle, as well as interconnections with Lithuania and Slovakia. Onshore gas pipelines are planned to connect the planned FSRU floating terminal in the Gulf of Gdansk with the national transmission system. The LNG Terminal in Świnoujście is also being extended, as a result of which the regasification capacity of this facility will be increased by more than a half.

The company is also implementing one of the most important infrastructural projects in the country - the Baltic Pipe project which consists in the construction of a two-way offshore gas pipeline connecting Poland and Denmark, expansion of the local transmission network and three gas compressor stations.

 


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