Polish Briefing 12 September, 2017 9:00 am   
Editorial staff

Polish Briefing: Energy hybrid war on the Baltic Sea. Nord Balt is not working

What goes on in Poland on the 12th of September.

Energy hybrid war on the Baltic Sea. Nord Balt is not working

Speculations about recurrent problems with an electric cable are going on. It was supposed to make Lithuania and other Baltic states independent from Russian and Belarussian energy. A source of in Vilnius claims that it is an element of a hybrid war lead by Russians.

From the end of 2015 Lithuanians can import cheap energy from Sweden thanks to NordBalt submarine cable. It helped Lithuania lower energy prices. According to unofficial information of, Lithuania considers recurrent glitches of NordBalt as effects of a hybrid war. – It is an definitely caused by Russian actions – claims our source in Lithuania.

The Sejm will work on capacity market bill

According to the Sejm’s calendar, today or on Wednesday, on the first post-holiday session, deputies will be considering a draft bill on capacity market at first reading. There is no concrete schedule yet, so it is not known whether the project will be considered on the first or the second day after Sejm’s holiday. The bill is supposed to enlarge investment possibilities of Polish energy companies, so they can invest in modernizations or creating new capacities.

The project will be presented by the minister of energy Krzysztof Tchórzewski. After the first reading the project will be directed to the Energy and State Treasury Commission

Statoil logo will disappear from Poland until March 2018 

Logo of Statoil petrol stations will disappear from Polish roads eventually until the end of March 2018. Until then a rebranding process is going to end – changes in appearance and switching the logo into Circle K – informed the company.

Circle K informs that the first 100 out of 350 Statoil stations in Poland functions under the name Circle K. New logo appears on stations in Warsaw, Cracow, Łódź and in Silesia.

The name of the stations will be changed because the owner of Circle K Poland, Alimentation Couche-Tard Group after purchasing Statoil Fuel and Retail in 2012 got the right to use the name Statoil for a certain period only. In 2015 Couche-Tard Group decided that Circle K, as the biggest and strongest brand in its portfolio, will become a global retail network brand present in over 20 countries.