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Project of common interest (PCI)

Project of common interest (PCI) No. 6.2.1: Poland – Slovakia Interconnection
 

Project description, especially the necessity of the project from energy policy perspective

The project Poland – Slovakia Interconnection is a part of the EU energy infrastructure priority corridor North – South gas interconnections in Central Eastern and South – Eastern Europe (NSI East Gas). The aim of the Poland – Slovakia Interconnection is to construct the bi-directional gas pipeline interconnector between the Republic of Poland and the Slovak Republic with technical capacity of 4,7 bcm/y in the direction from Poland to Slovakia and of 5,7 bcm/y in the direction from Slovakia to Poland. Gas interconnection between Poland and Slovakia will include construction of the new DN 1000 cross-border gas pipeline with the total length of approximately 164 km (up to max.106 km on the Slovak side and 58 km on the Polish side) which will connect the natural gas transmission systems of Poland and the Slovak Republic. This bi-directional gas pipeline will connect South – Eastern Poland with the compressor station Veľké Kapušany in Eastern Slovakia. The scope of the project will cover also construction of the Strachocina compressor station and modification of the existing compressor station in Veľké Kapušany.

The construction of this project will represent an important milestone towards building a well-functioning and fully integrated internal market. Its completion will be a significant step for enhancement of the Union´s stability and better preparedness in respect of possible future disruptions regarding diminishing of Russian gas dependence for EU countries. Establishment of the Poland – Slovakia Interconnection will contribute to

  • Creation of a platform for a competitive, liquid internal gas market, with enabling appearance of new market players, and
  • Increase of gas supply security in respective countries and in the wider Central South – East European region and
  • Implementation of the North – South Gas corridor in Central and Southern – Eastern Europe (NSI East Gas).

The project concretely its action “Preparatory studies and engineering works for the Poland-Slovakia Gas Interconnection” was selected for receiving a financial assistance under CEF-Energy as of 21 November 2014. In November 2014 the coordinated cross – border cost allocation decisions was issued by both Polish and Slovak NRAs in accordance with the Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 and with the Recommendation of ACER No 07/2013. In February 2017 the Project gained the support of the EC to be financially supported from the CEF fund for the realization part of the Project.

The project is planned to be put into the commercial operation in 2021.

Contact details of Project Promoters:

eustream, a.s.
Votrubova 11/A
821 09 Bratislava
Slovak Republic
www.eustream.sk

Operator Gazociagów Przesylowych GAZ-SYSTEM S.A.
Mszczonowska 4
02-337 Warsaw
Republic of Poland
www.gaz-system.pl

Information on the project status

The company Eustream has already finalized the stage of determining the scope of assessment of the EIA process. The scope of assessment determined conditions for further, more detailed assessment of the impact of the proposed activity. The report of the proposed activity has been elaborated on the basis of this scope and in accordance with the Slovak Act No. 24/2006 Coll. on environmental impact assessment. Public participation in the assessment of the construction and operation of the pipeline was ensured by public hearings on the “Report on the proposed activity”. The purpose of public hearings was to present the interpretation and issue of the construction and operation of the pipeline and their expected impact on the environment in an appropriate form. The general public had opportunity to express its position on the pipeline at joint public hearings of more concerned municipalities. Public hearings were held during July/ August 2015.

On 21 December 2016 based on the Article 10 (1)(a) of the Regulation (EC) No. 347/2013 and in line with the Principles Tutorial for Allowances Issuance relating to projects of common interest (PCI) the proceeding before application submission for the PCI project Poland – Slovakia Gas Interconnection was finalized. This project stage was concluded in line with conditions being defined in the Regulation No. 347/2013. At the same day a legislative approval process was started in line with the Article 10 (1)(b) of the here above mentioned Regulation. The legislative approval process consists of spatial and building proceedings and spatial and building decision issuance.

Basic Information about the Project