Polish Briefing 5 March, 2018 9:00 am   
COMMENTS: Mateusz Gibała

Polish Briefing: The EC is ready for gas negotiations with Russia and Ukraine

What goes on in Poland on the 5th of March.

The EC is ready for gas negotiations with Russia and Ukraine

The European Commission is ready to undertake a mediation between Moscow and Kiev after the Russian Gazprom reduced the pressure in the transit pipelines in Ukraine – Anna-Kaisa Itkonen told the European Commission on Friday.

– We have been informed by the Ukrainian government about the possibility of an emergency situation in the gas transmission system in this country – Itkonen said. – We take this information seriously and we are ready to cooperate with the Ukrainian and Russian authorities in this matter.

Itkonen informed that on Thursday the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, asked Mr Mariusz Šefčovič, the deputy head of the European Commission responsible for energy matters, with a request for “consultations on the possible trilateral talks with Russia”. – Commissioner Šefčovič will contact the ministers for energy of both countries on Friday in this matter – she added.

According to Itkonen, reducing the pressure of Russian gas in transit pipelines in Ukraine has not yet caused distortions in supplies to European Union countries. – Deliveries are normal and permanent. But of course, we are monitoring the situation closely – she said.

A spokeswoman for the European Commission pointed out that the volumes of gas in warehouses in Ukraine are currently at the level of “slightly below 10 billion cubic meters”, which in her opinion is “a very good level, not indicative of anomalies” at this time of year.

Gaz-System’s gas ring will help in the fight against smog in Warsaw

Gaz-System starts designing a strategic section of the gas pipeline for the energy security of the Warsaw agglomeration, conventionally referred to as the “Warsaw ring”. Thanks to this investment, the authorities of the capital will gain additional support in the fight against smog, and residents – a chance for clean air. The undertaking is also to guarantee the possibilities of further development of the gas market in Mazovia.

Planned Rembelszczyzna – Mory gas pipeline is to ensure flexible operation of the transmission system, security and continuity of raw material supplies. Increased possibilities of distribution of low-emission energy carriers for the needs of current and new customers, both individual and industrial, will also bring tangible benefits for the natural environment. After converting solid fuels, eg coal into gas, the emission of pollutants will be significantly reduced, and thus the air quality in the capital and in the area of ​​communes included in the implementation of this investment will also improve. The new gas pipeline will be about 30 km long. Its route will run through the areas of five municipalities: Nieporęt, Jabłonna, Łomianki, Stare Babice, Ożarów Mazowiecki and three Warsaw districts: Białołęka, Bielany and Bemowo.

Still in the first quarter of this year, the company will organize open meetings with residents and authorities of districts and communes through which the gas pipeline is to run.