Polish Briefing 30 September, 2022 7:30 am   

Polish Briefing: Poles and Swedes will check whether the leak from Nord Stream 1 and 2 damaged their cable in the Baltic Sea | Poland imposes sanctions on Gazprom Export


What goes on in Poland on the 30th of September.

Poles and Swedes will check whether the leak from Nord Stream 1 and 2 damaged their cable in the Baltic Sea

The leakage of gas pipelines from Russia to Germany occurred on September 26. NATO suspects sabotage. Investigations are ongoing in Denmark, Germany and Sweden. One of the explosions causing the Nord Stream 2 leak occurred 500 meters from the SwePol Link cable connecting Poland and Sweden, allowing them to exchange energy. It is not known if it was damaged because it had a scheduled technical break.

Poles and Swedes will check the SwePol Link together. The Swedes hope to use it when their country needs to import power, but it can also help with energy supplies from Swedish power plants to the other side of the Baltic Sea. SwePol Link has had numerous technical problems in the past. There were ongoing speculations as to whether they could be related to the activity of the Russian fleet.

– SwePol Link has been shut down since September 12 due to previously planned maintenance works. According to the schedule, it should return to work on October 9, say Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne in a commentary for – The intersection of the cable with the Nord Stream gas pipeline is on the Swedish part of the connection. Its owner is Svenska Kraftnet. PSE is in contact with the Swedish operator who monitors the state of the cable.

Poland imposes sanctions on Gazprom Export

Poland added Gazprom Export to its list of sanctioned businesses. On September 29, the Minister of the Interior and Administration of the Republic of Poland decided to impose sanctions on Gazprom Export, a company supplying Russian gas.

Its assets in Poland, including the shares of the owner of the Yamal pipeline, Europol Gaz, will be frozen. Gazprom argued there over millions of dollars, which will probably also be confiscated. In May, Gazprom stopped gas supplies to Poland under the pretext of a dispute over payments in rubles, which were not provided for in the Yamal contract, but unlawfully imposed \ by a decree by President Vladimir Putin.

PGNiG has announced that the case will be brought to court, but the lack of supplies from Russia means that the sanctions will not be significant from the point of view of the security of supplies to Poland, as currently gas is arriving from other directions.