Poland-Slovakia Gas Pipeline

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Poland-Slovakia Gas Pipeline, also known as Polish-Slovak gas Interconnector[1], is a natural gas pipeline under construction in Poland and Slovakia.[2]

Location

The pipeline would run from the Strachocina, Subcarpathian Voivodoship, Poland to Veľké Kapušany, Slovakia.[3][4]

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Pipeline Details

  • Operator: Gaz-System, Eustream
  • Parent Company: Gaz-System, Eustream
  • Proposed capacity: 5.7 billion cubic meters per year maximum
  • Length: 162 km / 102 miles
  • Financing: €107 million grant from the EU's Connecting Europe Facility[5]; €70 million loan to Eustream from the European Investment Bank (EIB)[6]; additional unspecified project loan amount to Gaz-System from the EIB[7]
  • Status: Construction[1][8]
  • Start Year: 2021[1][9]

Background

In February 2017 the European Union granted €107 million for construction of the bidirectional pipeline, which covers 40% of the estimated cost of €270 million (300 million USD)[5]. It will carry 5.7 billion cubic meters per year (bcm) to Poland and 4.7 bcm to Slovakia.[2] EU public funding was approved under the Projects of Common Interest (PCI) program. In December 2017, the EIB signed a €70 million loan agreement with Eustream to cover the construction and operation of the Slovak section of the project.[6]

According to the European Commission, "The new cross-border pipeline DN1000 has a length of 162 km (length of the pipeline on SK side is 103 km and 59 km on PL side) and maximum capacity of 15.6 mcm/d in the direction SK->PL and of 12.9 mcm/d in the direction PL->SK. Modification of the compressor station in Strachocina (PL) with an estimated power of 30 MW, modification of the compressor station at Veké Kapušany (Slovakia) with an existing power of 283 MW and construction of border gas metering station on the SK territory."

On September 18, 2018, Eustream announced construction had begun and its 2018-2019 annual report stated that welding works as well as "the gradual assembly and laying of gas pipeline" were underway as of the second quarter of 2019.[10]

In December 2019, the EIB signed a €233 million loan agreement with Gaz-System to cover the construction of the Polish section of the Poland-Slovakia interconnector as well as the construction of the company's Gustorzyn-Wronów Gas Pipeline in central-eastern Poland. The EIB did not provide disaggregated loan amounts for the two projects.[7]

Identifiers

The Poland-Slovakia Gas Pipeline's European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG) Ten Year Network Development Plan project codes are "TRA-F-275" for the Poland section and "TRA-F-190" for the Slovak section. Together, they make up the "EAST 01b" project group.

The SciGrig_Gas combined IGG gas transmission network data set refers to the project as "INET_PL_914".[11]

Articles and resources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Slovak gas transmission system operator | Eustream". www.eustream.sk. Retrieved 2020-09-21.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Poland's Gaz-System signs Slovakia gas link contracter deal, S&P Platts Global, Jul. 22, 2019
  3. "Pipe down: Gas companies' control over billions in EU subsidies". Global Witness. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  4. INNOVATION AND NETWORKS EXECUTIVE AGENCY. "Preparatory studies and engineering works for the Poland - Slovakia Gas Interconnection". europa.eu. Retrieved December 9, 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Construction of the Poland-Slovakia gas interconnector is well under way thanks to EU funding, European Commission, Sep. 6, 2019
  6. 6.0 6.1 PL-SK GAS INTERCONNECTOR, European Investment Bank Projects, Nov. 7, 2017
  7. 7.0 7.1 ENERGY SECURITY OF SUPPLY IN POLAND - PCI, European Investment Bank Projects, Sep. 23, 2019
  8. European Commission. "List of candidate 5th PCIs in GAS for public consultation final". europa.eu. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  9. "Slovak gas transmission system operator | Eustream". www.eustream.sk. Retrieved 2020-09-21.
  10. "Eustream | Annual reports". www.eustream.sk. Retrieved 2020-09-21.
  11. Diettrich, Pluta, Medrjoubi (July 23, 2020). "The combined IGG gas transmission network data set". DLR Institute for Networked Energy Systems. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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