Gaz-System S.A.: GAZ-SYSTEM with a complete set of construction permits for the Baltic Pipe project in Poland

24-04-2020

On 22nd April, the West Pomeranian Governor issued a construction permit for the offshore part of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline in Poland. The pipeline route in Polish maritime areas, including the landfall, will have approx. 56 kilometres.

– Obtaining this permit means that GAZ-SYSTEM can start the construction of all Baltic Pipe gas pipelines and facilities in Poland, both at sea and on land. Soon we will sign a contract for the performance of construction and installation works for the offshore gas pipeline – said Tomasz StÄ™pieĹ„, President of GAZ-SYSTEM.

The issued permit covers not only the offshore gas pipeline itself, but also its exit from the sea in an underground concrete tunnel (created by microtunneling) which will end with the ‘first dry weld’, i.e. a point connecting the offshore gas pipeline with the onshore infrastructure. According to the technology used in the project, the potential impact of the investment on the environment will be minimized, and a section of the gas pipeline with a length of approx. 600 meters will be routed under the shoreline by a trenchless method. With this method, the sea shore, as well as the area of the dunes and the coastal cliff will not be disturbed. The performed surveys of both the seabed and the coast, as well as the completed risk analyses for the construction and operation stages confirm that the offshore gas pipeline will meet all the necessary safety requirements.

GAZ-SYSTEM has obtained the environmental decision for this section in November 2019.  In turn, at the beginning of January this year, West Pomeranian province governor signed a Location Decision. At the beginning of April, GAZ-SYSTEM also received a construction permit for the onshore section of the offshore gas pipeline.  It provides for construction of the pipeline between the sea and land parts, together with the valve station. Earlier, all construction permits were obtained for the onshore part of the Baltic Pipe project in Poland.

The selection process for construction and installation works contractor is currently being finalised. A decision on this matter will be announced in the coming weeks.


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