Energy GAS Nord Stream 2 SECURITY 16 May, 2023 8:00 am   
COMMENTS: Joanna Słowińska

Denmark and Poland team up to protect critical infrastructure

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Poland and Denmark continue to cooperate on strengthening the security of critical infrastructure. Representatives of both countries emphasize that the protection of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline, which began work a few months ago, is fundamental in the face of the sabotage of Nord Stream 1 and 2.

Poles and Danes will continue to work together to protect critical infrastructure, especially in the Baltic Sea. Representatives of both countries emphasized the importance of energy security during the GAZTERM Conference in Poland’s Międzyzdroje. This is a response to the events we have been witnessing for a few months in Europe, including the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipes.

“The last year made Europe realize that the security of critical infrastructure is fundamental and we need to invest in it. Especially after the opening of the Baltic Pipe, which we had celebrated last year, and a moment later we witnessed explosions on Nord Stream 1 and 2,” said Ole Toft, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark to Poland. A total of three pipeline threads were damaged at the end of September 2022. Later, Swedish and Danish authorities confirmed planted explosives were responsible for the destruction of the pipes.

In January, the European Union and NATO agreed to set up a joint task force to build resilience and protect critical infrastructure. Its main job is to identify key threats to critical infrastructure and its strategic weaknesses. The work will result in mitigation and remedial actions covering transport, energy, digital technology and space.

It is worth adding that Poland and Denmark want to build offshore wind farms. Polska Grupa Energetyczna and Ørsted are implementing the Baltica project, which includes two stages: Baltica 2 and Baltica 3. Baltica 3, with a capacity of up to 1,045.5 MW, is scheduled to be launched in 2026. Whereas Baltica 2, a farm with a capacity of up to 1,498 MW, is expected to be commissioned in 2027.

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