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GAZ-SYSTEM with green light for FSRU Gdańsk onshore pipelines

Polish gas transmission system operator GAZ-SYSTEM has obtained all the necessary permits for the construction of three onshore gas pipelines as part of the floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) project in Gdańsk (28 July).

The new pipelines will enable the reception and transportation of additional quantities of gas to central Poland from the planned FSRU terminal in the Gdańsk Bay area. The construction of these pipelines is expected to begin next year.

The FSRU project envisions the creation of three gas pipelines: Kolnik – Gdańsk, Gardeja – Kolnik, and Gustorzyn – Gardeja, which will have a total length of approximately 250 km and a diameter of 1000 mm.

The Kolnik – Gdańsk gas pipeline received its first construction permit last year. In June, the Pomeranian Voivode issued permits for the construction of two sections of the Gardeja – Kolnik gas pipeline. Finally, in July, the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivode issued permits for the construction of three sections of the Gustorzyn – Gardeja gas pipeline. With this, all onshore FSRU gas pipelines are ready for construction.

“We are not slowing down in our efforts to ensure Poland’s gas security. Last year, we completed the Baltic Pipe, increased the capacity of the LNG [liquefied natural gas] terminal, finished the construction of the GIPL [Gas Interconnection Poland–Lithuania] and the interconnector with Slovakia, and now, systematically and consistently, we are implementing the FSRU in Gdańsk. Thanks to these actions, Poles can be confident about the coming winter and the ones after. Moreover, the FSRU terminal will not only serve Poland but also offer diversification of gas supply sources for our neighbours,” said Anna Łukaszewska-Trzeciakowska, Government Plenipotentiary for Strategic Energy Infrastructure.

The originally planned FSRU Terminal project involved developing a floating FSRU unit in the Gdańsk area, capable of regasification at a level of 6.1 billion cubic metres (bcm) of natural gas annually. However, due to “significant market interest” in this connection, GAZ-SYSTEM is conducting a binding Open Season procedure for a second FSRU terminal.

Should the market confirm such demand, a second FSRU unit would be capable of unloading, processing storage and regasification of LNG at a level of 4.5 billion cubic meters annually.

“Obtaining all the necessary administrative permits for the onshore part of FSRU is a key moment in the process of developing the second LNG gas port in Poland. Thanks to this, we can proceed with the fieldwork. Simultaneously, we are designing the subsea gas pipeline along with the technical infrastructure and selecting the FSRU unit that will be docked in the waters of the Gdańsk Bay,” said Marcin Chludziński, President of the Management Board of GAZ-SYSTEM.

“By expanding the national transmission system, we respond to the gas consumers’ needs in Poland. In doing so, we increase the country’s energy security and our role in gas supply to Europe,” Mr Chludziński added.

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