Energy Environment Renewables 20 April, 2023 8:00 am   
COMMENTS: Joanna Słowińska

Polish Briefing: Poland pushes for sanctions on oil pipe I EBRD talks I Bosch builds new factory

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What goes in Poland on 20th of April.

Poland continues to fight for sanctions on the northern leg of the Friendship Oil Pipeline

Poland has submitted to the European Commission a proposal for new sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, including an embargo on oil supplies through the northern strand of the Friendship Pipeline used by Germany.

“In a document seen by PAP, Poland proposes, among others, imposing more sanctions on the energy sector (a ban on oil imports through the northern section of the Friendship Oil Pipeline and the introduction of compensation mechanisms for oil from Russia not covered by the EU embargo), a ban on the import of diamonds from Russia, a ban on the provision of ICT services to entities from the Russian Federation and a tightening of export control regulations for dual – use goods and technologies,” the Polish Press Agency reported (PAP). “Poland, together with its allies, is once again proposing ambitious sectoral and commercial sanctions against Russian institutions, criminals, oligarchs and propagandists. We want to help the Commission with the urgent presentation of the upcoming 11th sanction regulation. We look forward to the cooperation of the Swedish presidency. We will work with our coalition partners to achieve unanimity among the EU27,” Poland’s Permanent Representative to the EU Andrzej Sadoś told PAP.

Poland demands imposing sanctions on Russian nuclear energy, banning the import of aluminum from Russia, expanding the definition of ships that are banned from entering EU ports, cutting off Gazprombank from the SWIFT system and freezing the assets of other Russian banks, and banning the export of US dollars from the European Union to Russia.

The EU sanctions package will require the unanimity among the EU member. was the first to report on the plan to impose sanctions on the northern strand of the Friendship Oil Pipeline which was initially implemented by Poland and Germany together. Currently, Berlin is only starting to receive oil from Kazakhstan, which goes through the Friendship Oil Pipeline from Russia, raising concerns about sanctions violations.

Polish Press Agency / Wojciech Jakóbik

President of the EBRD talks to Poland’s Infrastructure Minister

Minister of Infrastructure Andrzej Adamczyk and Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Rafał Weber met in Warsaw with the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and development Odile Renaud-Basso. The meeting was also attended by representatives of Polish railway companies: PKP SA, PKP LHS and PKP CARGO.

The talks focused on financial and project support for the Ukrainian government and companies providing basic services, as well as the development of solidarity corridors, alternative logistics routes connecting the EU with Ukraine. Such assistance will meet the most urgent needs of the war-affected Ukraine.

“For more than a year, day after day, we have been witnessing that the role of transport in the process of both civilian, humanitarian and military assistance to Ukraine is invaluable. It was a success when the new, much – needed Baltic-Black Sea-Aegean corridor, the backbone of which is the Via Carpatia route, and in the future Rail Baltica, was added to the EC draft regulation on the TEN-T. This is important, because this route also connects to Ukraine,” Minister Adamczyk was quoted in a press release.

The meeting discussed solidarity corridors – logistics routes connecting the EU and Ukraine, which were established in May 2022 by the European Commission and neighboring member states after the invasion of Russia and the blockade of Ukrainian seaports. The new transport routes that run, among others, through Poland, are crucial because they provide Ukraine with the ability to export and import goods.

Minister Adamczyk’s discussions on this issue with these specific entities in a way reveal what role Poland wants to play in the future reconstruction of Ukraine. The entire logistics of the project, which with a high degree of probability will be based in Poland is on top of the list.

Polish Press Agency / Bartosz Siemieniuk

Germany to spend PLN 1.2 billion on Bosch heat pump plant

Bosch will spend PLN 1.2 billion on a heat pump factory in Dobromierz in Lower Silesia, which is expected to employ 500 people from 2027.

The factory will be located in the Świdnica County, in the Wałbrzych Special Economic Zone. Construction is expected to start in 2024 and allow for the start of production at the turn of 2025 and 2026. Bosch expects to employ 500 people.

The Dobromierz plant is to manufacture outdoor and indoor heat pumps aimed mainly at the European market.

Bosch already has factories in Warsaw, Wrocław, Łódź, Rzeszow and Goleniów as part of the Bosch Group in Poland. They employ 8.5 thousand people. Poland is one of the fastest growing heat pump markets in Europe.

Polish Press Agency / Wojciech Jakóbik