Poland opens part of gas pipeline to link with Croatia
PR dla Zagranicy
Poland's Gaz-System is to open a 14-kilometre pipeline on Tuesday which will ultimately form part of a connection between Poland and Croatia as Central and Eastern Europe vies for energy diversification and independence.
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The link between Wierzchowice and Czeszów in Poland’s south-west will eventually be part of a system under plans to connect the Baltic Pipe and the Liquefied Natural Gas terminal in Świnoujście in Poland’s northwest with Ukraine and a planned terminal on the Croatian Island of Krk.
The new pipeline cost nearly PLN 90 million (EUR 21 million), and more than half of that was subsidised by the European Union.
Poland has pledged to its diversify energy supplies and reduce dependence on Russia.
Świnoujście has since 2016 taken shipments of gas from Qatar and earlier this year received a one-time shipment from the US.
Poland is also strongly in favour of the Baltic Pipe, which would supply it with gas from the North Sea, but has vocally opposed Nord Stream 2, which would send Russian gas to Western Europe, circumventing Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic states. (vb/pk)