A ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Poland – Slovakia gas interconnector was held in Strachocina, Poland, on Friday, August 26, with representatives from the Polish and Slovak governments among the dignitaries who graced the occasion. The new gas connection is scheduled for commercial operation in October 2022.
The new interconnector will transport 5.7 billion cubic meters of gas annually to Poland and 4.7 billion cubic meters to Slovakia. The gas connection will enable Poland to link to gas infrastructure resources in Southern Europe, the Caucasus, and North Africa. Slovakia and other CEE countries will access gas from the Baltic pipes, the LNG Terminal in Klaipeda, and the LNG Terminal in Swinoujscie.
“The war in Ukraine showed us how fragile the energy stability is. The gas pipeline project between Slovakia and Poland is a strategic step and an important European project. For Slovakia, it means gas supplies security, it will give us access to LNG gas transported by sea and to resources from Norway. The launch of the gas pipeline is an important contribution of Poland and Slovakia to Pan-European energy security,” said Prime Minister Eduard Heger.
Rastislav Nukovic, eustream’s general director, said the gas connection between Poland and Slovakia was a major achievement for CEE energy security. He added that its completion was an important indicator before the forthcoming summer season since it opens new market supply possibilities.
He said the project was only possible through the continuous support of state and private shareholders, the great work of the employees, and all the partners.
The Poland-Slovakia pipeline is 164 kilometers long and has a diameter of DN 1000. The pipeline runs 61.3 kilometers in Poland and 103 kilometers in Slovakia. It ends in Velke Kapusany in Slovakia.
The Polish and Slovak gas connection system has been hailed as key energy security in the EU. The project has appeared on the European Commission-issued Projects of Common Interest (PCI) list since 2013. The project was co-financed by the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility.