Gaz-System inaugurated today (6 September 2019), at the seat of the Museum of Oil and Gas Industry in Bobrka, the construction of the Polish part of the gas interconnection between Poland and Slovakia. The investment aims at becoming independent from the dominant eastern gas supplier.
Increased availability of blue fuel in the region
During today’s ceremony, Tomasz Stępień, President of Gaz-System, stressed that the investment is part of a consistently implemented strategy aimed at creating an integrated European gas market. The company wants to connect Central European markets so that customers have access to various sources of blue fuel, which is to affect the availability and competitiveness of its prices in the region. The project is being implemented in cooperation with the Slovak operator Eustream.
As part of the investment of the gas connection between Poland and Slovakia, the internal transmission network in south-eastern Poland will be expanded, the gas node in Strachocina will be built and a measurement station will be built near the southern border.
The length of the entire interconnection in both countries will amount to 165 km, and its capacity towards Poland will reach 5.7 billion m3 annually, while in the other direction it will amount to 4.7 billion m3 annually. The working pressure in the gas pipeline with a diameter of 1000 mm will be 8.4 MPa.
The Polish part of the project inaugurated today will be carried out by a consortium composed of Budimex Mostostal and Mostostal Kraków for a net price of PLN 521.5m. The contract for the execution of construction works according to Gazoprojekt’s design was signed with the winning consortium on 19 July this year.
The investment was co-financed from the EU funds under the TEN-E and CEF programmes. The support included analytical, design and construction works on the territory of Poland and Slovakia.
Construction works will be completed in the first quarter of 2022.