Polish Briefing 23 January, 2018 9:00 am   
COMMENTS: Mateusz Gibała

Polish Briefing: First transmission contract for Baltic Pipe signed. Poland-Ukraine pipeline delayed? No confirmation

What goes on in Poland on the 23rd of January.

First transmission contract for Baltic Pipe signed

PGNiG and Gaz-System have signed the first transmission contract under the Open Season 2017 procedure – informed Polish Petroleum and Gas Mining (PGNiG) in its stock report.

Management board of PGNiG informed that on the 19th of January, a contract for providing service of gas transition between 1st of October 2022 and 30th September 2037 with Polish transmission network operator, Gaz-System, has been signed under the Opec Season 2017 procedure for Baltic Pipe project. It is a gas transition contract, from Norway to Poland via Denmark. The company is about to informed the second transition contract with Energinet, Danish transmission network operator.

Signing transmission contracts with transmission network operators, of the aggregate value of PLN 8,1 billion will be the last stage of Open Season 2017.

In early December 2017, the plenipotentiary of the Polish government for strategic energy infrastructure Piotr Naimski informed that the transmission contracts for Baltic Pipe would be signed at the turn of the year. – This means that previous plan elements have been successfully realized. Everything is going along with the schedule – informed minister Naimski back then.

Transmission deals are going to be a basis before making the final investment decision. Official plans of the government assumed that 15-year-long transmission contracts with market participants who received the capacity during Open Season would be signed until the 21st of January 2018. The final investment decision is supposed to be made by December 2018.

Interfax: Poland-Ukraine pipeline delayed? No confirmation

Construction of Poland-Ukraine gas inter connector has been moved to January next year, said the spokesman of Gaz-System to Interfax agency. The partner of Polish transmission network operator is its Ukrainian equivalent Ukrktransgaz. According to initial plans, the construction was supposed to begin already in 2017.

According to information, no delays have been noted at Polish side. The project of Poland-Ukraine pipeline concerned building a pipeline between interchange in Hermanowice (Poland) and Blicze-Wolica (Ukraine).

According to assumptions, the bus was supposed to let enlarge yearly transmission capacity to 5 billion cubic meters until 2020, once reconstruction of transmission infrastructure in Poland is finished. Second stage of the project will let enlarge the volume to 8 billion cubic meters a year, but its realization is dependent on market’s interest in the capacity.