The new gas pipeline, which is an interconnection between Poland and Slovakia, is spread over 164 km and is a part of the North-South Gas Corridor.
Two neighbouring nations – Poland and Slovakia, both part of the European Union (EU) – are now connected with a new gas pipeline. This provides leverage to Warsaw (Poland) to import 5.7 billion cubic m (bcm) of natural gas and provides Bratislava (Slovakia) with access to 4.7 bcm each year. The testing of the new pipeline was concluded at the end of May on the Polish side of the border.
The new gas pipeline, spanning 164-km, is part of the North-South Gas Corridor, connecting the gas terminal in Poland’s Swinoujscie Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal and the Baltic Pipe (a natural gas pipeline), to natural gas infrastructures in the south-eastern Poland as well as central-eastern and south-eastern Europe, as published in news reports.
“The Poland-Slovakia gas connection is an important element of the North-South Gas Corridor and is one of the key energy investments in the region,” said Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki during the inauguration ceremony of the new pipeline.
Prime Minister of Slovakia Eduard Heger asserted that this brings Slovakia a step closer to secure gas supplies and energy diversification by procuring LNG from Norway.
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The new pipeline interconnection is managed by two firms – Poland-based Gaz-System and Slovakia-located EUSTREAM, which secured EUR 33 million from the EU budget through the Connecting Europe Facility initiative.