The Minister of Energy and Climate in the Danish government today (25 October) issued a permit for the construction of a section of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline in the Danish part of the Baltic Sea, Gaz-System has announced. Thus another milestone in this strategic investment has been reached.
Key element of the project
The Danish government’s building permit integrated with the environmental decision is a key element of the project. The permit covers both sections on the bottom of the Baltic Sea located in the Danish maritime area. The first runs from the shoreline at Faxe Bay to the Swedish boundary of the maritime area, while the second runs from the Swedish boundary of the maritime area through the Danish maritime area around Bornholm Island to the Polish maritime area. The underwater gas pipeline in both sections will have a total length of approximately 133 km.
As Tomasz Stepien, President of Gaz-System, stressed, the project documentation includes a number of technological solutions that will minimize the impact of the gas pipeline on the environment.
The process of selecting a pipe supplier and a construction contractor is currently underway.
The first of the three stages
The permit obtained today in Denmark is the first of three stages of obtaining the required permits for a gas pipeline running on the bottom of the Baltic Sea. The environmental decision on a part of the investment in Polish maritime areas and the landfall section of the pipeline is expected to be obtained by the end of this year. In the meantime, it is also expected that an appropriate permit will be obtained in Sweden, analogous to that issued today by the Danish government.
Gaz-System already has a set of environmental and location decisions for all land-based elements of the project in Poland.
Start of construction next year
Baltic Pipe is a strategic infrastructure investment consisting in the implementation of a new gas supply corridor on the European market. Since October 2022, it will enable the annual import of 10 billion m3 of natural gas from deposits located on the Norwegian Continental Shelf to the markets in Denmark and Poland and further to customers in neighbouring countries. Construction works should start next year.