Poland’s natural gas transmission system operator (TSO) GAZ-SYSTEM and Slovakia’s TSO Eustream made a symbolic golden weld on the gas pipeline that connects the gas systems of both countries.
“This interconnector, just like the Baltic Pipe laid today at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, will make it possible to implement a bold project,” commented Minister Piotr Naimski, Government Plenipotentiary for Strategic Energy Infrastructure. “From the Baltic Sea to the mountain peaks and further south of the continent, gas imported from the Norwegian Continental Shelf or as LNG from around the world is to flow. The construction carried out in this beautiful and difficult terrain is a good example that the border running along the ridge of the Carpathian Mountains promotes cooperation between our nations.”
“The interconnection of the gas systems of Poland and Slovakia will contribute to enhancing regional security of gas supply and is an important element of the cooperation of the countries under the Three Seas initiative,” added Tomasz Stępień, President of the Management Board of GAZ-SYSTEM. “The progress of construction works on the interconnector is currently over 90 per cent. We are planning to complete the investment and launch the gas pipeline in accordance with the dates previously announced to the market, that is in the first quarter of 2022.”
The Poland-Slovakia interconnector has a total length of approximately 164 kilometres and it will be able to transport gas at a capacity of 4.7 billion cubic metres/year towards Slovakia or 5.7 billion cubic metres/year towards Poland.
“The border weld symbolises great progress in construction works both on Polish and Slovak side,” said Eustream’s general director Rastislav Ňukovič. “The new connection will bring huge benefits to the CEE region and I want to thank all our partners who are helping to make this project a reality.”