The first-ever auction of gas pipeline capacity with Denmark, Lithuania and Slovakia was launched on Monday, allowing gas to be imported to Poland from various directions. This is the outcome of launching gas interconnectors: Poland-Denmark (Baltic Pipe), Poland-Lithuania, and Poland-Slovakia. Interconnectors can transfer gas in both directions.
The interconnector program is the largest-ever investment project by the Polish state company Gaz-System, which announced at the end of June that it had finished the 191-km land part of the Baltic Pipe gas line over a month ahead of schedule.
The Baltic Pipe will link Norwegian North Sea gas fields with the Danish and Polish markets and will enable the gas to flow to other states as well. The project is a joint venture between Poland’s Gaz-System and the Danish company Energinet. It is scheduled to reach full capacity in 2023.
Gaz-System completed the construction of the interconnector between Poland and Lithuania at the beginning of May this year. The GIPL gas line is 508 km long and links gas supplies managed by Gaz-System with those of Amber Grid AB in Lithuania. It is scheduled to reach full capacity for gas flows in October of this year.
The construction of the interconnector between Poland and Slovakia was completed in May 2022. The two-way pipeline is 164 km long, linking the Strachocina gas hub in Poland with the gas compressor in Velke Kapusany in Slovakia.