Polish Briefing 16 March, 2022 7:30 am   

Polish Briefing: Polish power grid to be reconstructed | PGNiG to take part in auctions for the capacity of the GIPL pipeline


What goes on in Poland on the 16th of March.

Polish networks to be reconstructed

Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne (PSE) has presented an energy transmission network development plan for consultation in order to ensure the demand in the years 2023-32. It contains innovative solutions that allow to obtain a 50 percent share of Renewable Energy Sources in the energy mix, a power line connecting the north and south of the country to transmit nuclear and offshore power to recipients, as well as emergency capacity under the control of the operator.

PSE assumed that strategic documents such as Poland’s Energy Policy until 2040, the Polish Nuclear Energy Program and the National Plan for Energy and Climate provide for an increase in power plant capacity in Poland to 60-70 GW. The company also assumed that the domestic transmission system must be ready to operate in isolation, and therefore self-sufficient in the absence of foreign imports.

“In the next 10 years, photovoltaic power plants and wind farms may develop faster than indicated in the strategic documents. In 2032, the Polish transmission network should allow for reaching the level of a 50 percent share of RES generation in net electricity consumption, without significant restrictions in issuing grid connection conditions for the location of new RES sources, resulting from the current applications for the definition of connection conditions,” PSE assumes. “The transmission network should enable a further increase in the share of renewable energy sources in appropriate locations from the point of view of the technical conditions of the network operation and the possibilities of developing the network infrastructure,” the company says.

PGNiG to take part in auctions for the capacity of the GIPL pipeline

PGNiG is planning to start auctions for the capacity of the GIPL gas pipeline connecting the gas systems of Poland and Lithuania, PGNiG CEO Paweł Majewski announced on Tuesday. Gas transmission via GIPL is to start on May 1, the first auctions are planned for April.

“We are interested in any infrastructure that allows us to diversify gas supplies, because it ensures security of supplies, but also increases trade opportunities,” Majewski told journalists. “Deliveries of LNG to the gas terminal in Klaipeda will enable supplies from that direction via the GIPL gas pipeline,” said the head of PGNiG.