Construction of a gas pipeline interconnecting the offshore gas pipeline with the national gas transmission system

The construction of the gas pipeline connecting the offshore gas pipeline with the National Transmission System is directly related to the Baltic Pipe Project. More information about the Baltic Pipe Project can be found at ww.baltic-pipe.eu

Description of the Investment

The offshore gas pipeline will land at the Baltic Sea shore in the West Pomerania Voivodeship in Pogorzelica (Niechorze) or Rogowo.

·        The gas pipeline will be constructed in the West Pomeranian Voivodeship. The route of the designed gas pipeline connecting the offshore gas pipeline with the National Transmission System will run as follows:

  • Gas pipeline section from the first weld connecting the offshore gas pipeline with the onshore gas pipeline, to the Line Valve Station located in Niechorze, including the Line Valve Station (approx. 90 m long),
  • DN 900 gas pipeline section from the Line Valve Station located in Niechorze to the Receiving Terminal located in Konarzewo, communes of Rewal, Karnice (approx. 4.5 km long),
  • Receiving Terminal in Konarzewo,
  • DN 1000 gas pipeline section from the Receiving Terminal to Gas Transmission Hub in Płoty, communes of Karnice, Trzebiatów, Gryfice, Płoty (approx. 36.5 km long) along with reconstruction of GTH in Płoty,
  • DN 1000 Płoty - Goleniów gas pipeline section (approx. 42 km long), communes of Płoty, Nowogard, Osina, Maszewo, Goleniów.

 

Investment implementation benefits

The construction of the gas pipeline connecting the offshore gas pipeline through the off-shore terminal with the National Transmission System will enable to collect gas from Norway and transmit gas in two directions, i.e. from Norway to Poland in the quantity of 10 billion m3 /year and from Poland to Denmark in the quantity of 3 billion m3 /year. The implementation of this investment will contribute to optimisation of the capacity of the Polish transmission system and will constitute an important element of the North-South Gas Corridor in Europe.

In addition, the Baltic Pipe Project, of which this investment is part, will strengthen Poland’s energy security. The construction of the new transmission infrastructure will also affect the development of the gas market and its competitiveness.

The property tax paid annually by GAZ-SYSTEM will also be an important benefit for the municipalities and communes in which the investment is to be carried out.

Advancement of work

In December 2017, GAZ-SYSTEM concluded a contract for the development of design documentation with a consortium of PGNiG Gazoprojekt S.A. and ILF Consulting Engineers Polska Sp. z o.o. The party responsible for developing the design was selected as a result of a tender procedure.

Under the contract, the Designer will be obliged to obtain all necessary agreements, approvals, opinions, permits, and decisions, as well as to exercise author’s supervision of the investment. In the first quarter of 2020, it is planned to obtain a Building Permit Decision and the investment will be completed in the third quarter of 2022.

EU funding

The Baltic Pipe project – of which the investment consisting in the construction of the gas pipeline connecting the offshore gas pipeline with the National Transmission System – is co-financed by the European Union under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme.

Project of Common Interest

The Baltic Pipe Project has been recognised by the European Commission as a “Project of Common Interest” (PCI). The status is granted to infrastructure projects aimed at strengthening the European internal energy market, pursuing the EU’s energy policy objectives of providing affordable, secure, and renewable energy.

The PCI status highlights the role of the Baltic Pipe Project in the Baltic Sea Region and Central and Eastern Europe, its particular importance for increasing security and diversification of natural gas supplies in Europe and building an integrated and competitive gas market.

Pursuant to the EU Regulation 347/2013, the PCI status ensures streamlining of the planning and permitting process, and access to administrative bodies to obtain the required decisions. It shortens and simplifies the decision-making process and makes the process transparent and allows for public participation.

GAZ-SYSTEM implements the investment in compliance with the rights of all stakeholders. We encourage you to comment and ask questions about the construction of the gas pipeline project, which was granted the Project of Common Interest status, using the form.

Legal basis

The project will be implemented pursuant to the provisions of the Act of 24 April 2009 on investments in the field of re-gasification terminal for liquefied natural gas in Świnoujście, Journal of Laws of 4 June 2009, as amended.

Public consultations

In December 2018, GAZ-SYSTEM held a series of consultation meetings in 8 municipalities and communes where gas pipelines connecting the offshore gas pipeline with the National Transmission System are designed. The meetings were open and addressed to all stakeholders. The purpose of the consultations was to provide information on the Baltic Pipe Project as well as to prepare the local community for statutory environmental consultations. As a result of the meetings, the stakeholders were able to provide the Investor with comments and requests concerning the investment at the design stage, even before applying for the environmental decision.

Environmental consultations

On 8 February 2019, the Regional Director for Environmental Protection in Szczecin informed of instituting a proceeding to issue an Environmental Decision for the project entitled “The Investment Constituting the Infrastructure Necessary for the International Operation of the Baltic Pipe Connecting the Transmission Systems of the Republic of Poland and the Kingdom of Denmark – the Onshore Part”.

We encourage you to read the announcement.

On 6 March 2019, the Regional Director for Environmental Protection in Szczecin made public the information about the commencement of the environmental impact assessment for the project entitled “The Investment Constituting the Infrastructure Necessary for the International Operation of the Baltic Pipe Connecting the Transmission Systems of the Republic of Poland and the Kingdom of Denmark – the Onshore Part” under the proceedings aiming at issuing the environmental decision for the project.

Content of the announcement

Environmental Decision

On 17 May 2019, the Regional Director for Environmental Protection in Szczecin issued the  decision on environmental conditions for the project: "An investment consisting in construction of infrastructure necessary for the operation of the international Baltic Pipe gas pipeline connecting the transmission systems of the Republic of Poland and the Kingdom of Denmark - onshore part" implemented by GAZ-SYSTEM.

Location Decision

On 21 June 2019, the Voivode of West Pomerania signed the decision determining the location for “Constructing the infrastructure necessary for the operation of the international Baltic Pipe gas pipeline connecting the transmission systems of the Republic of Poland and the Kingdom of Denmark”. This investment will consist in the design, construction and operation of a DN 1000 gas pipeline from the Płoty Gas Transmission Hub to the Goleniów Gas Compressor Station along with the expansion of the Płoty Gas Transmission Hub.

The stage of obtaining location decisions lasted from June to September 2019. As a result, three separate decisions were issued for the following sections: Niechorze – Płoty, Płoty – Goleniów and LVS Wilczkowo. All the decisions are final.

Construction permits

On 4 February 2020, the Voivode of West Pomerania issued two construction permit decisions for the gas pipeline connecting the offshore gas pipeline with the national transmission system, covering the following investments:

  •   Construction of the Receiving Terminal in Konarzewo along with an access road and water supply
  • Extension of the Płoty Gas Transmission Hub

Investor Supervision Contractor: 

 SGS Polska sp. Z o.o

Construction Works Contractor:

a consortium of UAB MT Group (Lider) and PPS Pipeline Systems GmbH

 

Press release

21.10.2020 GAZ-SYSTEM selected contractors for the construction of all onshore components of Baltic Pipe in Poland

11.12.2019 Yet another step towards implementation of the Baltic Pipe Project

25.01.2019 Nearly 215 mln € of the European Union Financial assisitsnace for the Baltic Pipe constuction works.

19.12.2018 GAZ-SYSTEM will be the gas transmission system operator for the part of the Baltic Pipe infrastructure located in Denmark

30.11.2018 Final investment decisions for the Baltic Pipe Project are made

17.07.2018 UE grants another subsidy to Baltic Pipe under the CEF 2018

20.06.2018 GAZ-SYSTEM accept the recommended route variant of the Baltic Pipe pipeline

 


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