The GIPL gas interconnection connecting the Baltic States and Finland with Western Europe is starting to operate as a full-fledged gas system link. After testing the pipeline at maximum pressure and accomplishing the installation of the GIPL starting point valve site in Širvintos district, the part of the GIPL connected to the operating gas transmission network was filled with gas.
By the end of this year, it is planned to fill the 72 kilometres long GIPL gas pipeline section with gas.
“Having performed 52 per cent of the GIPL construction works, we are moving to the second part of the pipeline installation works,” said Nemunas Biknius, CEO of Amber Grid, the company implementing the GIPL project of gas interconnection between Lithuania and Poland.
“By increasing the speed of work, we aim to strengthen the project’s resilience to the risks posed by the pandemic,” he continued. “Filling the pipeline with the first gas provides an opportunity to complete a number of other planned works in time, which will allow to achieve this year’s goal, including the implementation of 60 per cent of the GIPL construction works and accomplishment of the entire project by the end of 2021.”
At the end of October, 700 millimetre-diameter steel pipes, which are required to complete the entire 165-kilometre-long GIPL gas pipeline route, were delivered to Lithuania.
It is planned that the construction of the Lithuanian-Polish gas pipeline will be accomplished by the end of 2021. The GIPL connection will be able to transport up to 27 terawatts-hour (TWh) of gas per year in the direction of the Baltic States and up to 21 TWh per year in the direction of Poland. Following the implementation of this project, the Baltic gas markets will become part of the common EU natural gas market and in the future also the part of the biomethane and hydrogen market.