The Investment Plans of GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. in Northwestern Poland

The Gas Transmission Operator GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. during a meeting in Szczecin held on 5 June 2008 presented to the local authorities the pipeline network development plan for the transmission of natural gas in northwestern Poland.

GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. is planning to build over 600 kilometres of gas pipelines in northwestern Poland. The investment is valued at over 2 billion PLN. The plans include gas pipelines on the following sections: Świnoujście – Szczecin, Szczecin – Lwówek, Szczecin – Gdańsk and the construction of a gas compressor station in Goleniów. The development of the gas transmission system in northwestern Poland is part of the Government Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment - National Cohesion Strategy 2007-2013. GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. is trying to obtain financial aid for this investment from European Union funds.

The purpose of the gas pipeline construction in this region of the country is increasing the transmitted amount of gas and enabling the supply of ecological fuel to reach areas that have so far remained ungasified. The development of the natural gas transmission network will facilitate increasing the investment attractiveness of the western Pomeranian Voivodship and will make development possible for investors in the Kostrzyń–Słubice Special Economic Zone. The construction of the northwestern gas pipelines will also enable the off-take and transport of gas from the LNG terminal and the Baltic Pipe, the construction of which has been planned by PGNiG SA, which will guarantee an improvement in Polish energy security.

GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. is a Company belonging to the State Treasury entered on the list of strategic enterprises for the Polish economy. It is responsible for the safe transmission of natural gas via transmission networks in order to deliver gas to distribution networks and final customers connected to the transmission network (such as nitrogen plants, chemical plants, glass works). The Company manages a network of gas transmission pipelines 9.9 thousand km in length running throughout the entire country.

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