Polish Briefing 9 October, 2018 9:00 am   
Editorial staff

Polish Briefing: Offshore with no support. Baltic Pipe is not threatened

What goes on in Poland on the 9th of October.

Naimski: There will be no support for offshore wind farms

Government Plenipotentiary for strategic energy infrastructure Piotr Naimski revealed that the government planned the development of offshore wind energy without support.

– The trends are promising – Minister Naimski admitted. – It is worth stressing, however, that Poles can not afford to pay for the energy transformation as planned and is done in Germany and several other countries. There, EUR 25 billion will be subsidized for the development of renewable energy by the Germans. Such a burden is impossible in a situation where many Poles are in a situation of energy poverty.

– That’s why we have to approach it differently. If we say that we anticipate the construction of offshore wind farms in the energy strategy, we assume that thanks to promising trends, the cost of manufacturing will fall so much that they will be able to grow without support – Minister Naimski said.

Offshore wind farms will be built, but without support, and there will be a place for them – he stressed. – Renewable sources can not replace everything. We must have security at the base – said the minister. In his opinion, regulating RES with the use of conventional energy generates costs for the energy system, because it is associated with the risk of conventional block failures.

Baltic Pipe is not threatened. The construction will start in the spring of 2020

According to the plenipotentiary for the strategic energy infrastructure Piotr Naimski, there is no threat to the schedule of the project for the construction of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline. He was accompanied by a representative of PGNiG.

– Under no circumstances do we see any problems in its implementation. Cooperation with Danish partners at both governmental and investor levels between Energinet and Gaz-System is very good. Until the end of the year, by December, investors are planning to sign a construction contract -revealed the guest of the Energy Future Congress.

– You can not see any timely threats. The works are already carried out in the field. Data are collected for environmental, geophysical and geotechnical reports, the route is selected. Technical design is in progress. We can say that together with the investment and contract strategy prepared in Gaz-System, we have it under control. In 2022, on October 1, this gas pipeline will be used as well as the extended terminal in Świnoujście – assured Naimski.

He assured that the construction will start in the spring of 2020 and will last about two years. The gas pipeline is to allow independence from the main gas supplier to Poland, i.e. the Russian Gazprom.

The vice-president of PGNiG assured that in the relations with partners on the Polish gas market, “a business approach, not guided by political decisions” is used. – We look at the future calmly, because the plan is clearly outlined. The strategy of the gas supplier, ie us, but the operators also, Gaz-System and Polskie LNG, are implemented. Nothing should surprise us – assured the Vice President of PGNiG Maciej Woźniak.