Baltic Pipe project takes significant steps forward
Some major developments have taken place recently on the Baltic Pipe project, an energy-transport scheme with energy-security implications for Poland and the wider Baltic & CEE region that will see the transportation of natural gas from the North Sea to Poland via Denmark.
On 7 May the Swedish government approved construction of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline in its offshore jurisdiction, meaning construction permits for the whole route of the pipeline – which also runs through Denmark and Poland’s offshore territory – have been secured. The whole offshore route is around 275 km long.
“We are very happy to have obtained (the) construction permit from the government of Sweden and we do appreciate (the) swift and smooth processing of our application,” said Tomasz Stępien, President of GAZ-SYSTEM, the Polish government-owned joint-stock gas transmission system operator developing the project alongside Denmark’s national gas and electricity transmission system operator, Energinet. “This decision has shown that the Swedish government recognises the project’s importance, not only for Poland and Denmark but also for the whole European Union, for tightening cooperation among the EU member states and, perhaps most of all, for becoming independent of natural gas supplies from Russia.”
This follows the EUR 280 million deal signed between GAZ-SYSTEM and the UK subsidiary of Italian multinational oilfield services company Saipem for the transportation and installation of the concrete-coated pipeline
According to the website baltic-pipe.eu, the Baltic Pipe project consists of five components, named as follows:
- The North Sea offshore pipeline, 2. Onshore Denmark, 3. Compressor station in Denmark, 4. The Baltic Sea offshore pipeline, 5. Onshore Poland
In 2019 the European Commission granted, under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), nearly EUR 215 million for Baltic Pipe construction works. The Baltic Pipe project has been recognised by the EC as a “Project of Common Interest” (PCI) four times and has held this status since 2013.