Baltic Pipe to break Poland’s reliance on Russian gas
June 10, 2020 - The Baltic Pipe, a €1.6bn project linking Poland with Norway’s gasfields, will shake up energy markets in central Europe and help Warsaw cut its decades-long dependence on Russian gas supplies.
The capacity of the 1.6 billion euro Baltic Pipe, which is expected to connect Poland with Norwegian gas fields via the Baltic Sea and Denmark in October 2022, will be 10 billion cubic metres (bcm) a year.
Warsaw views the planned link as a way to diversify its gas supply, most of which is imported from Russia under a long-term contract with Gazprom that expires in 2022.
Interconnectors being built to Lithuania, Slovakia and the Czech Republic will allow Poland to route excess gas to neighbouring countries in central Europe.
Poland is also pushing ahead with plans to expand its LNG terminal in the Baltic port of Swinoujscie, and in December launched a tender to boost its regasification capacity from 5 bcm to 7.5 bcm.