New gas pipeline will improve reliability of supply

People and businesses in northern and central Poland can look forward to more secure gas supplies thanks to a project to construct a 265 km high-pressure pipeline. The “Szczecin-Gdańsk gas pipeline” will allow for the distribution of gas from new sources of supply and make it easier to store surpluses during off-peak times.

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The region needs a new gas pipeline for a number of reasons. New locations for the import of gas in northern Poland are coming on-line, including a Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal and the “Baltic Pipe”. The proposed pipeline will move gas efficiently from these locations to local customers. In addition, during periods of low demand, the pipeline will supply underground gas storage facilities. A new underground storage area is being built at Kosakowo near Gdańsk and the capacity of a similar, existing facility is being expanded at Mogilno.

Economic boost

The pipeline project promises to improve connections to the local gas network and increase deliveries of gas to large industrial customers. Improving the current gas supply network will boost the region’s economy, which is being held back due to a lack of capacity in the existing transmission system. The pipeline will also help to ensure security of supply, making it easier for the region to cope with long winters and any temporary restrictions in supply of imported gas.

The new pipeline will have an optimised diameter (700 mm), which will enable it to cope with forecasted gas transmission volumes while providing access to the system under agreed TPA (Third Party Access) rules.

Construction of the pipeline will take place in four phases:

  • Phase one: a 63 km section between Płoty and Karlino;
  • Phase two: a 23 km section between Karlino and Koszalin;
  • Phase three: a 68 km section between Koszalin and Słupsk; and
  • Phase four: a 111 km section from Słupsk to Wiczlino.

Work also covers the construction of a network connection point at Reszki and the delivery of a system of bi-directional gas locks in Płoty, Koszalin and Reblino.

GAZ-System S.A. is the project beneficiary as well as owner and manager of the finished project.

Total and EU funding

The project “Szczecin-Gdańsk gas pipeline” has a total eligible budget of EUR 249 999 779, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 66 624 531 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

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