New gas pipeline to significantly improve transmission capabilities
A new high pressure gas pipeline in Poland will soon improve the transmission system in north-western Poland and provide myriad benefits for local communities, business and society as a whole.
The objective of the Szczecin-Lwówek gas pipeline is to eventually stretch 188.35 km from the Goleniów compressor station to the Lwówek gas transmission node. With a 700 mm pipe diameter, the new investment in infrastructure will allow both existing and new customers to benefit thanks to the spare capacity provided by the new, larger diameter pipe construction.
Providing for the future
At present the gas transmission system in the region, managed by the supplier for north-western Poland, does not offer any free transmission capacity. As a result, the supplier – as well as other interested third party suppliers – is unable to expand its operations and, more importantly, the forecast increases in physical flows required to satisfy market demand cannot be satisfactorily addressed.
Thanks to the new pipeline project, new customers located mainly in the Zachodniopomorskie, Wielkopolskie and Lubuskie provinces will enjoy greater supply security in line with future demand and distribution networks will be able to grow and develop, taking advantage of the pipeline’s excess capacity under TPA (Third Party Access) rules.
New energy sources
Successful implementation of this project will also have the added advantage of diversifying the sources of gas and thus increasing security of supply. By connecting to the Wierzchowice underground gas store in northern Poland, the new pipeline will both open up a new source of supply and enable gas to be supplied to customers in Łódzkie province. Moreover, the pipeline will be connected to the existing network without causing any disruption to gas flows thanks to the use of bypasses which will ensure continuous gas transmission.
The project is planned to be carried out in two stages: the first stage seeing a 117.8 km segment of pipe cross three rivers to stretch from Goleniów to Gorzów, the second stage being 70.55 km in length and running from Gorzów Wielkopolski to Lwówek, crossing one river in the process. Gaz-System S.A. – the project beneficiary – will function as the owner and manager of the new infrastructure.
Total and EU funding
The project “Szczecin-Lwówek Gas Pipeline” has a total eligible budget of EUR 176 343 051 with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 52 128 017 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. The project is funded through the priority "Energy security including the diversification of energy sources" of the Operational Programme “Infrastructure and Environment”.
Total InvestmentEUR 176 343 051
EU InvestmentEUR 52 128 017
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