Polish gas transmission operator GAZ-SYSTEM announced on Friday (3 November) that it plans to expand the transmission network on the section from Kędzierzyn-Koźle through Racibórz to Rybnik in southern Poland.
The investment foresees the construction of three sections of high-pressure gas pipelines with a total length of approximately 80 kilometres (km).
As part of the project, the company plans to construct gas pipelines from Kędzierzyn – Koźle to Racibórz and Racibórz to Rybnik, and a connection gas pipeline to the gas and steam unit in Rybnik on the section from Ochojec to Rybnicka Kuźnia.
The new natural gas transmission infrastructure will be located in the Silesia Voivodeship in the municipalities of Piotrowice Wielkie, Rudnik, Racibórz, Nędza, Kuźnia Raciborska, Lyski, Rybnik, and in the Opole Voivodeship in the municipalities of Kędzierzyn-Koźle, Bierawa and Cisek.
The majority of the gas pipeline route has been designed in agricultural areas and forest complexes in the Kędzierzyn-Koźle, Rudy Raciborskie and Rybnik forest districts, while avoiding residential areas. To limit the area of forest land necessary to be excluded for the project, the gas pipeline route has been designed mostly along sections running alongside forest roads, GAZ-SYSTEM said in a press release.
In the forests and in the vicinity of protected natural habitats, the construction zone will be narrowed to minimise interference with the natural environment. After the construction is completed, only a four-meter strip – two metres from the gas pipeline axis – will remain permanently deforested. The remaining area will be reforested again, GAZ-SYSTEM noted in the press release.