GIPL Gas Pipeline Launched between Poland and Lithuania
Gas pipeline GIPL (Gas Interconnection Poland—Lithuania), connecting Poland and Lithuania, began work today, May 1, Nemunas Biknius, CEO of the Lithuanian gas network operator Amber Grid, said. The new gas pipeline will provide access to liquefied gas from the floating terminal in Klaipeda, which Poland will be able to import via the pipeline and tankers.
The total capacity of the terminal in Lithuania is 4 cubic meters per year, of which the Polish side can use 1.9 billion cubic meters. “The gas pipeline has started working. This is a special event within the framework of achieving energy independence not only for our countries but for the entire region, including both the Baltics and Finland. Today, gas is transported through it to Poland, but depending on the needs, it can go in both directions – both to Poland and to Lithuania from Poland. A reliable infrastructure of the link will ensure the possibility of a constant exchange of natural gas,” Mr. Biknius stated on the company’s website.
Thanks to the new gas pipeline, 230 thousand cubic meters will be supplied per hour to Poland (2 billion cubic meters per year) and 217 thousand cubic meters per hour in the direction of Lithuania (1.9 billion cubic meters per year). The technical capacity in the direction of Lithuania will be 2564 MWh from May 1 to September 30, 2022. In the opposite direction, the capacity continuously will be 2419 MWh.
Earlier, Poland refused to pay for gas in rubles, as required by Russia under the decree of President Vladimir Putin. After that, Gazprom stopped gas supplies to this country.
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