Brussels/Warsaw/Bratislava – European Union’s Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA), GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. and Eustream have signed on 18 December 2017 the Grant Agreement for the construction works for the planned Poland-Slovakia Gas Interconnection - a new cross-border transmission pipeline, of which approx. 59 km is located in Poland and 106 km in Slovakia.
The above Grant Agreement allows both, Polish and Slovak gas transmission system operators to receive EU financial support under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funding instrument in the amount of approx. 107.7 million € in total (55.2 million € for Eustream and 52.5 million € for GAZ-SYSTEM). The Poland-Slovakia Gas Interconnection received one of the biggest supports out of all the 18 projects selected in the second 2016 CEF Energy Call for Proposals by the European Commission in 2017 for financing from the EU funds.
“The received financial support under the CEF funding instrument is underlining the great importance of the Poland-Slovakia Gas Interconnection for the achievement of the European Union energy policy objectives” said Tomasz Stępień, President of the Management Board, GAZ-SYSTEM.
“Signing of the Grant Agreement for the construction works constitutes a sound basis for further realization of the Project” said Rastislav Ňukovič, the CEO of Eustream.
The implementation of the Poland-Slovak gas interconnection, which constitutes the crucial part of the North South Gas Interconnections in Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe (NSI East Gas), will contribute to the enhancement of the regional security of supply and integration of the gas markets.
The new 165 km pipeline will allow for diversification of the CEE region gas sources by creating a missing interconnection between the Polish and Slovak gas transmission systems. Implementation of the Project will enable surrounding CEE countries to benefit from the direct access to different gas supply sources from the North, such as fully operational LNG terminals at the Baltic Sea (Świnoujście LNG, Klaipeda LNG via Gas Interconnection Poland – Lithuania – GIPL) and Norway (through the planned Baltic Pipe) as well as from the South, through the Slovakia-Hungary Interconnection and the planned Eastring pipeline. It will offer of the increased liquidity of the natural gas market in the CEE region. Furthermore, the project will contribute to the solidarity between the both countries.
Construction works are planned to begin in the second half of 2018 and will be finalised by the end of 2021.
Projects of Common Interest
In November 2017, European Commission has granted the status of the Project of Common Interest to the Poland-Slovakia gas interconnector. This status was granted for the third time, earlier the project was included on the first and second PCI list adopted respectively in 2013 and 2015.
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