The Polish gas TSO - Gas Transmission Operator GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. and the Danish gas TSO - Energinet.dk are investigating the possibility of establishing a connection between the Polish and the Danish gas transmission systems – the Baltic Pipe project.
With the assistance of the consortium of consultants; Rambøll Danmark A/S and BSiPG GAZOPROJEKT S.A, and their subconsultant E&Y the Parties intend to perform the Feasibility Study for the project by the end of 2016.
The overall objective of the Feasibility Study which has been initiated, is to recommend the optimal scenario of the possible connection, to determine the efficient definition of the project from the commercial and technical point of view and providing a solid basis for next steps regarding the implementation of the Project – engineering phase and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
In 2015, both TSOs have been granted EU aid under the Connecting Europe Facility Programme (CEF) to perform a study “Feasibility Study regarding the PCI Poland - Denmark interconnection Baltic Pipe”.
The Baltic Pipe project is indicated on the European Commision list of the PCI projects (Projects of Common Interest), adopted on Nov 18 2015.
The main objectives of the PCI project Baltic Pipe are to further strengthen supply diversification, market integration, price convergence and security of supply in primarily Poland and in Denmark and secondly in the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Baltic region:
• integrating the Danish-Swedish and Polish gas markets by means of supply competition and bidirectional trading, secondly with a view to include planned interconnections to the CEE (via PL-CZ, PL-SK, PL-UA interconnections) and Baltic States (via PL-LT interconnection),
• strengthening regional security of supply through supply diversification - enabling new sources of gas supply to enter the market,
• increasing the competitiveness on the regional gas markets and facilitating price convergence between the markets,
• possibility of new players’ entrance and potential increase in gas demand in the impacted regions,
• improvement in technical reliability of gas supply for customers by diversifying the imported gas supply directions.
The Baltic Pipe project is considered by both TSO's in a comprehensive way, and includes a study of a possible offshore connection from Norwegian offshore gas system to Denmark. GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. and Energinet.dk have requested Gassco AS., the operator of the Norwegian offshore gas system, to perform a prefeasibility study.