Sweden’s government approved the construction of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline in the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone in the Baltic Sea, in what is the last stage of the permitting process.
“We are very happy to have obtained the construction permit from the government of Sweden and we do appreciate swift and smooth proceeding of our application,” said Tomasz Stępień, President of GAZ-SYSTEM. “This decision has shown that Swedish government recognises the project’s importance, not only for Poland and Denmark but also for the whole European Union, for tightening cooperation among the EU member states and, perhaps most of all, for becoming independent of natural gas supplies from Russia.”
The offshore part to be installed on the Baltic seabed will pass through the marine areas of two other countries, Denmark and Poland, whose permits were already issued over the last six months. Now, the Baltic Pipe project, in line with the assumptions, has entered its implementation phase.
The whole offshore route will be approximately 275 kilometres long and the pipeline route in the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone will be 85 kilometres long.
Recently, execution of works related to laying the gas pipeline on the Baltic seabed has been entrusted to an Italian company, Saipem and, according to schedule, the first works will kick off in the second half of this year. It is also expected the 2nd half of this year will see the start of activities at sea, namely the launch of pipeline pre-lay route surveys.