Lithuania and Poland have officially order the new gas pipeline linking the two Baltic States and Finland to the single gas network of the EU.
Built with an investment of $528.4 million (€500 million), the new Gas connector Poland-Lithuania (GIPL) should help the region reduce its dependence on Russian gas.
The European Commission provided around 60% of the funding for the GIPL gas pipeline project, also supported by Latvia and Estonia.
Implemented by Polish and Lithuanian gas system operators Gaz-System and Amber Grid, the new 508 km pipeline will transport natural gas from Lithuania, via the Klaipeda liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, to Poland.
The project, which has already started delivering gas, will transport 1.9 billion cubic meters per year (bcm/year) of gas to Poland over the next five months.
The gas transport capacity from Poland to Lithuania should reach 2 Gm3/year.
Gaz-System President Tomasz Stępień said that the new gas pipeline project provides access to a new gas corridor from the European market for Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland.
Piotr Naimski, Polish Plenipotentiary for Strategic Energy Infrastructure, said: “Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are coming to the end of [the] the era of gas isolation and, via Poland, connect their transport networks to the vast European market, which offers the possibility of acquiring the resource at competitive market prices.
“In the situation created by the Russian aggression near our borders, the GIPL, together with other projects implemented by Gaz-System such as the Baltic Pipe, the interconnection with Slovakia and the extension of the LNG terminal in Świnoujście, facilitate the Europe to overcome the dependence on the unreliable and aggressive supplier from the East.