A section of the GIPL gas interconnection project has been laid between Lithuania and Poland. The works have been performed in winter in accordance with the environmental requirements not to disturb the bird population who will nest in spring.
“Laying a small gas pipeline section across the Lithuanian-Polish border while preserving nature is another step towards interconnecting gas pipelines, which marks the progress of the GIPL project,” commented Nemunas Biknius, CEO of the Lithuanian gas transmission system operator Amber Grid. “Thanks to the persistent effort of Amber Grid professionals and partners implementing the project, we can already see a clear outlook of project completion.”
To date, a total of 126 kilometres of the gas pipeline have already been laid and welded in Lithuania and the project is planned to be accomplished by the end of this year.
“The GIPL works schedule is very tight; therefore, the works never stop – we cannot afford such a luxury,” added Tomas Šidlauskas, CEO of UAB Alvora working on Lithuania’s side. “We have been constantly assessing the situation and adjusting the project works schedule in order to accomplish this interconnection that is important for Lithuania’s energy independence as soon as possible.”
By the end of 2021, 165 kilometres of the gas pipeline interconnection between Lithuania and Polish will connect the Baltic and Finnish gas markets to the European Union system. This project will not only integrate the Baltic and Finnish gas supply systems into the single EU gas market but will also increase gas trading liquidity in the areas of the said countries and enhance their regional roles.