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Головна - Економіка - Baltic Pipe: how Poland overcomes gas dependence on Russia

The Baltic Pipe is a pipeline that will carry gas from Norway to Poland in 2022. It is also one of the elements of the North-South gas pipeline corridor connecting Norway and Croatia.
The goal of the Baltic Pipe is to reduce Central Europe’s dependence on Russia. An addiction that is on the lips of the whole of Europe again this year.
In mid-September 2021, the Baltic Pipe was brought to the Polish shores. Previously, the pipeline, invested by Denmark and Poland, was welded from single pipes and laid on the bottom of the Baltic Sea. The other end will be connected to the Norwegian system at the bottom of the North Sea. The pipeline will run through Denmark, connecting the islands of Fyn and Zealand.
If all goes according to plan, Norwegian gas will begin to flow to Poland in October 2022. About it on October 25 this year. European Truth writes.
It is noted that the Baltic Pipe has the same capacity as the volume of gas currently imported from Russia – 10 billion m³ per year.
The gas that will be pumped into the Baltic Pipe will also be partially produced by the Polish company PGNiG in Norway. It already produces about 0.5 billion m³ of gas annually and is expanding production at other Norwegian fields.
Diversification of supplies to Poland is not the only benefit that comes from the commissioning of the Baltic Pipe. This is part of a larger project – the North-South corridor. It no longer has a national dimension (like the Northern Gate) and is Central European. The North-South corridor provides for the establishment of international connections (pipelines) that will allow the free flow of gas in the areas from the Baltic Sea to the coast of Croatia, where the LNG terminal was launched.
At the heart of this concept is the desire to break Russia’s monopoly on gas supplies to Central Europe.
The North-South corridor should allow countries such as Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine to diversify supplies.
An additional advantage is the possibility of mutual emergency gas supply in case of crisis. This situation occurred, for example, in 2018, when Poland resold additional volumes of gas to Ukraine.
The emergence of a new source of non-Russian gas in neighboring Poland will have a positive impact on Ukraine’s energy security.
In the long run, the Baltic Pipe can also be used to export hydrogen from Poland, produced by wind farms under construction in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea.

https://www.eurointegration.com.ua/articles/2021/10/25/7129392/