Polish Briefing 6 September, 2018 9:00 am   
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Polish Briefing: The construction of Nord Stream 2 has started in Finland

What goes on in Poland on the 6th of September.

The construction of Nord Stream 2 has started in Finland

The construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has started. According to the project operator Nord Stream 2 AG, the pipeline was started in Finland.

– Today at 13:25, Solitare ship began laying the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the Gulf of Finland – we read in the communiqué.

The company argues that the construction is carried out in accordance with environmental requirements. As Nord Stream 2 AG informs, the Solitare ship is supposed to work without interruption. It is 300 meters long, 41 meters wide and can accommodate 420 people. The pipes are to be delivered by separate vessels from the ports of Kotka and Hanko.

Recently, there have been conflicting messages regarding the commencement of the construction of a controversial gas pipeline into the media space. Previously, the Russian and German media reported that construction had begun, although the company responsible for the implementation of the project did not refer to these reports.

Orlen is talking with Lithuania about the construction of the pipeline to Klaipeda

Poland plans to increase rail transport from the Orlen refinery in Mazeikiai to Poland, according to the BNS agency, citing the words of Prime Minister of Lithuania, Saulius Skvernelis.

– As far as I know, today we will talk about it (about increasing the transport from the refinery in Mažeikiai to Poland -red). Poland plans to significantly increase supplies from the Mazeikiai refinery through Lithuanian railways towards Poland. We will discuss the terms of such deliveries – said Skvernelis during his visit to Poland.

He met with Daniel Obajtek, the head of the Polish oil company Orlen planned in Krynica in the afternoon. Skvernelis and Obajtek discussed the progress in implementing the cooperation declaration signed by the Lithuanian government and the Polish group in March. According to the document, Orlen will invest in the Mazeikiai refinery, will not reduce jobs, and the government will analyze the compulsory tariffs for the company and look at the possibilities of building a product pipeline to Klaipeda.

Skvernelis said that the product pipeline project could and should be developed. – There are still details of the product pipeline to be developed, for example how the possible losses Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways) will be compensated – said the Prime Minister of Lithuania.

– According to my knowledge, Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai, PKN Orlen and Orlen Lietuva are conducting successful talks, also assuming discussions on various compensation mechanisms – he said.

Poland raised the idea of ​​building a product pipeline between Mažeikiai and the Klaipėda port, through which Orlen Lietuva exports a significant part of its products. Orlen Lietuva, who had the worst period in its history in 2013 and 2014, suspended the project in the summer of 2014, claiming that it had not received support from the Lithuanian authorities.