Preparation of Special Plan on Gas Interconnection Poland-Lithuania begins

Friday, 14 August 2015

Amber Grid AB, the operator of Lithuania's natural gas transmission system, is continuing the preparatory works for the project on the Gas Interconnection Poland - Lithuania (GIPL).

In July, Amber Grid concluded a contract with Ardynas UAB, a private company that will perform the territorial planning and designing works. Started in 2013, the environmental impact assessment procedure is nearing completion. Another important step - the preparation of the GIPL special plan has been initiated, Amber Grid said in a statement.

This phase will include the development of the territorial planning solutions for the implementation of the GIPL in the territory of Lithuania; identification of the optimal locations (strips or areas of land) for the construction of the new pipeline (the gas interconnection between Poland and Lithuania) in the territory of Lithuania ensuring an efficient use of land and forests during the construction and/or operation; setting the special conditions for the land and forest use and for the use, management and protection of the planned territories; terms and conditions for the carrying out of activities in such territories etc. It is estimated that the territorial planning tasks will be completed in 2016.

The objectives of the GIPL project include the integration of the Baltic States' gas markets into the common gas market of the European Union, diversification of the gas supply sources, and increasing the security of the gas supply. The project is being implemented jointly with the Polish gas transmission system operator - GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. The preparatory works for the GIPL project were started in 2009, a GIPL business environment analysis was prepared in 2013, and a GIPL feasibility study was completed in 2013.

On 13 May 2015, Amber Grid and GAZ-SYSTEM signed a tripartite agreement with the EU Innovation Network Executive Agency (INEA) on the financial assistance of the EU for the Preparatory Works for the Gas Interconnection Poland-Lithuania up to building permission(s) obtainment. Under this agreement, the project was granted financial assistance of the EU of EUR 10.6 million under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The preparation of the special plan is one of the phases that will be implemented under the tripartite agreement.

The main gas pipeline 700 mm in diameter will connect the gas compression stations of Jauniunai village in Lithuania and Rembelszczyzna in Poland. The total length of the gas pipeline is 534 km, of which 177 km is in the territory of Lithuania.

The estimated value of the GIPL project is EUR 558 million including. GIPL operation launch is scheduled for the end of 2019.

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