Poland, Slovakia and Hungary closer to the integration of gas systems

27.04.2015 | By Bartłomiej Sawicki

Last week, Polish and Slovakian gas operators – GAZ SYSTEM and Eustream -discussed the most important activities in the Poland – Slovakia interconnection project. Polish officials informed that the interconnector design works were begun. Moreover, the Slovakian company announced the Open Season procedure for the Slovakia – Hungary interconnector. Both  news mean that construction of the North-South corridor may be completed by 2020.

During the Polish-Slovakian meeting, gas operators signed an Annex 1 to the Cooperation Agreement concluded in April 2014, which increase the range of pre-investment activities by applying for a building permission by the project parties. According to the press release, under the Annex the parties will cooperate in the preparatory and engineering works, including spatial planning, environmental impact assessment, as well as the environmental decision, the development of the necessary detailed designs (including the construction design) and the reception of the building permission.

After the meeting, GAZ-SYSTEM SA Operator informed about  launching works the construction of Poland-Slovakia interconnector – a high pressure gas pipeline between Strachocina  and the Polish border, with accompanying infrastructure. The project is aimed is to build a new cross-border gas pipeline that will connect the natural gas transmission systems of Poland and Slovakia. The construction of this gas connection will be an important element of the concept of building a regional North-South Gas Corridor. Under the project, the Polish part of the pipeline will be built between Strachocina and the Polish border. The pipeline will be 58 kilometer long. Development of the design documentation, which will be concluded after being granted the building permit, is planned in 2017.

The Poland–Slovakia Gas Interconnection Project aims to construct a new cross-border gas pipeline that will connect the Polish and Slovakian natural gas transmission systems. It is considered a priority element of the concept of the North–South Corridor connecting the gas markets of Central European countries. It is an important section in the context of diversification of gas supplies to Poland, which will improve energy security in Poland and the CEE Region. The project has been awarded the status of PCI (Project of Common Interest).

Last week Slovakian Eustream also announced the start of open season procedure for the Slovakia – Hungary Interconnector, which is the outcome of  the cooperation with Magyar Gáz Transit (MGT). The Open Season procedure relates capacity at the Slovak-Hungarian Interconnector, in order to offer the capacity in a transparent and non-discriminatory way. Eustream and MGT are offering the firm capacity 114000 MWh/d in SK-HU direction and the interruptible capacity 45600 MWh/d in HU-SK direction.

In order to participate in the Open Season procedure, interested parties may register with the Eustream starting today until April 30, 2015. Binding requests for transmission capacity may be submitted until May 6, 2015.

Sources: http://www.gaz-system.pl/centrum-prasowe/aktualnosci/informacja/artykul/202063/
Picture: Magyar Gáz Transit

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Bartłomiej Sawicki

Graduated in history at the Pedagogical University of Cracow and international relations at the Jagiellonian University. Postgraduate studies at the University of Mining and Metallurgy in Cracow - Oil and Gas Management. Postgraduate studies at the Tischner European University in Krakow – Multimedia, journalism, social networking. Journalist for the information web portal about shale gas- gazłupkowy.pl. Member of the expert team on European Union at the Jagiellonian Club. Research interests: energy security, former Yugoslavian countries.