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Amber Grid launches preparatory work for connecting GIPL to the transmission system

After completing the directional drilling and laying the gas pipes for the Gas Interconnection Poland-Lithuania (GIPL) under the country’s widest rivers on schedule, Lithuania’s natural gas transmission operator Amber Grid has begun preparations for connecting the installed part of the pipeline to the gas transmission system.

“The team has the goal of connecting the part of the new gas pipeline to the system – a job which requires careful preparation – by the end of this year,” announced Amber Grid CEO Nemunas Biknius. “The most difficult moment is the temporary diversion of high-pressure, high-flow gas through a backup line, ensuring uninterrupted gas transmission throughout the system. Once we connect a section of the GIPL to the existing gas transmission system, we will have taken a major step towards the second part of project implementation. We are trying to speed up the work so that if the situation with COVID-19 changes, the project deadline will not be affected by circumstances beyond our control.”

Two-thirds of the GIPL project is planned to be implemented by the end of 2020. In 2021, the remaining sections of the gas pipeline from Alytus District to Lazdijai will be installed, gas distribution points will be equipped and a gas metering station will be built on the Lithuanian-Polish border.

The GIPL, which will start operating at the end of 2021, will connect the Lithuanian, Baltic and Finnish gas markets with the European Union. The gas pipeline will allow gas to be obtained from various sources, and will also allow for more efficient use of the Lithuanian gas transmission system and the Klaipėda LNG terminal.

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