The GIPL will be tentatively launched in mid-2022.The total cost of the project is about 500 million euros / Illustration REUTERS
Lithuanian gas company Amber Grid has completed the construction of the GIPL gas pipeline, which connects Lithuania and Poland.
This was announced on facebook by the head of the “Ukrainian GTS Operator” Sergei Makogon.
“The construction of the GIPL gas pipeline connecting the Baltic countries and Poland has been completed. Its length is 508 km and the cost of almost 500 million euros. The capacity is 2.4 billion cubic meters per year. The Baltic countries will gain access to the EU gas market through Poland, and Poland will gain access to the LNG terminal in Klaipeda. Europe is constantly working on the integration of local markets, especially in Eastern Europe. This will reduce the political pressure of monopoly gas suppliers “, – wrote Makogon.Screenshot from Facebook
As noted in the press service of the GIPL, the gas pipeline should reduce the energy dependence of countries on the Russian Federation.
The GIPL (Gas Interconnection Poland – Lithuania) will be tentatively launched in mid-2022.
GIPL will connect the Baltic States and Finland via the Estonian-Finnish gas pipeline Balticconnector to the EU gas network.
“GIPL will enable gas market participants in all connected countries to ensure efficient use of infrastructure and, if necessary, a solidarity mechanism, helping each other in energy supply and green gas trade,” said Nemunas Biknius, CEO of Amber Grid.
The GIPL has now been tested for maximum load and is filled with gas.
The total cost of the project is about EUR 500 million.
Gas pipeline bypassing Russia:
In 2010, Lithuania announced that it intends to build the Amber gas pipeline, which will connect the Baltic countries with the EU gas transmission system bypassing Russia.
In April 2010, Lithuania and Poland submitted an application to the European Commission for the construction of Amber as part of the European energy network development program.
On August 2, 2010, operators of gas transmission systems in Poland and Lithuania Gaz System and Lietuvos Dujos signed a memorandum on the construction of Amber.
The new pipeline with a throughput capacity of up to 5 billion cubic meters of gas per year was to pass from Lithuania to Poland. This volume of fuel should have been enough to meet the gas needs of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The cost of the project, which was planned to be completed by 2015, was estimated at 600 million euros.
In parallel, the Lithuanian authorities initiated the division of Lietuvos Dujos into transport and trade components, also trying to get rid of the influence of Gazprom.
Nord Stream 2:
The Nord Stream 2 project provides for the construction and operation of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The gas pipeline bypasses Ukraine.
On September 10, 2021, Russia announced the completion of construction. Nord Stream 2 will be launched after certification, according to forecasts, in early 2022.
On September 23, 2021, it became known that the Congress approved sanctions against Nord Stream 2.
On October 4, gas began to fill the first string of the gas pipeline.
On November 15, 2021, the German Federal Grid Agency (BundesNetzAgentur, BNetzA) satisfied the application of NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine to participate in the certification process for Nord Stream 2 AG, which is the operator of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
The next day, BNetzA suspended the certification procedure . The regulator came to the conclusion that certification is possible only after the operator brings its organizational and legal form in accordance with German law.