Work on Poland’s Pogórska Wola-Tworzeń gas pipeline advances

Due for completion in late 2020, the Pogórska Wola-Tworzeń gas pipeline will transport natural gas between the Polish regions of Małopolskie, Świętokrzyskie and Śląskie. At around 168 km long and 1 m in diameter, it is part of a larger initiative to build a north-south gas corridor through Poland, with connections to the wider European supply network.

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As well as laying the pipeline, the project includes the construction of 11 valve stations. These are used to isolate segments of the pipe for maintenance work, or to repair leaks.

Further elements are the installation of connections to other sections of the main gas transmission system and the setting up of ancillary infrastructure, such as control and measurement instruments and an automation system.

The project will contribute to increased integration of European gas markets and sustainable economic growth. It should improve living standards by helping ensure a more reliable gas supply and greater protection for the air and the environment.

A key gas supply connection

The pipeline is one of 10 components of the Polish part of the North-South Gas Corridor. Intended to run from the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at Świnoujście on Poland’s Baltic coast to a planned LNG terminal in Croatia, the corridor was defined as a project of common interest (PCI) under a 2013 EU regulation on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure.

PCIs are cross-border infrastructure projects that link the energy systems of EU member states and help the EU achieve its objectives of ensuring affordable, secure and sustainable energy for all citizens and long-term decarbonisation of the economy.

In addition, the corridor is included in the 2017 Ten-Year Network Development Plan (TYNDP) of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG), as a key element in north-south gas connections in central-eastern and south-eastern Europe.

ENTSOG facilitates cooperation between European national gas transmission system operators, to develop a transmission network that meets current and future needs. It contributes to the completion of the internal market for gas, stimulates cross-border trade, and increases interoperability of transmission systems.

The TYNDP provides an overview of Europe’s gas infrastructure and planned future developments, mapping the network based on a range of scenarios. It includes an outlook for supply adequacy and an assessment of the resilience of the network.

EU funding for six sections

The Pogórska Wola-Tworzeń pipeline is the sixth section of the North-South Gas Corridor to be co-financed under the EU’s European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the fourth to be considered as a major project.

The other three major projects concern the Lwówek-Odolanów, Strachocina-Pogórska Wola and Zdzieszowice-Wrocław pipelines, which are 168,97 km, 79,36 km and 130 km long respectively. The 14 km Czeszów-Wierzchowice and 33 km Czeszów-Kiełczów pipelines have also received ERDF funding. Total EU financing for these five sections is around EUR 275 million.

Preparations – including design, obtaining of permits and launch of tendering procedures – are underway for construction of the remaining four Polish sections: Goleniów-Lwówek, Zdzieszowice-Kędzierzyn-Koźle, Tworóg-Kędzierzyn-Koźle and Tworóg-Tworzeń, with respective lengths of 188 km, 19 km, 43 km and 56 km.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Pogórska Wola-Tworzeń gas pipeline” is EUR 300 567 541, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 145 554 207 through the “Infrastructure and Environment” Operational Programme for the 2014-2020 programming period. The investment falls under the priority “Transport and energy networks”.

 

Draft date

27/08/2019