22.02.2019

Baltic Pipe- next stage of public consultation in Pomerania

On February 19, 2019, a public consultation took place in Niechorze and Trzebiatów regarding the construction of the Baltic Pipe offshore gas pipeline. The representatives of GAZ-SYSTEM discussed the technical, environmental, social and economic aspects of the project, as well as its impact on the functioning of the local communities. The meetings were attended, among others, by local residents and local authorities. Also, on February 20, a meeting with the representatives of organizations associating fishing communities was held in Rewal.

On the meetings, the investor was represented by core employees and experts responsible in the company for the implementation of the offshore part of the project. The representatives of GAZ-SYSTEM presented the residents the current information regarding the stage of the Baltic Pipe project implementation, especially regarding the construction and route of the offshore part of the gas pipeline along with the landfall and the gas valve station in two options taken into account - Rogowo and Niechorze-Pogorzelica. They also discussed first conclusions resulting from the performed environmental impact assessment of the offshore gas pipeline.

The participants of the meetings in Trzebiatów and Niechorze discussed, among others, how the construction of the Baltic Pipe may impact tourism in the coastal area and local infrastructure. They also tackled the issue of security - both with regard to the construction and operation of the gas infrastructure.
The goal of the meeting in Rewal was to start a dialog with the representatives of fishing communities, who are important stakeholders in the process of implementation of the offshore part of the gas pipeline. The talks regarded, among others, the impact of the project on the fish habitat.

The consultation meetings were not connected with the ongoing administrative procedures. Their goal was to keep up the dialog with local communities and ensure that all residents and interested parties were provided with current information regarding the course and implementation of the Baltic Pipe project.

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The meeting was also attended by representatives of the subcontractor - Ramboll, responsible for the preparation of the design documentation, including necessary environmental research and technical analyses, as well as obtaining all relevant administrative approvals allowing the commencement of the offshore gas pipeline construction, which, according to the schedule, will take place in Q2 of 2020. Present in the meeting were also experts from SMDI Doradztwo Inwestycyjne, the subcontractor of Ramboll, which prepares an environmental impact assessment report for the project.

 

 

 

 

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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