Business is a pipe: Poles will have to buy gas from Russia again

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Business is a pipe: Poles will have to buy gas from Russia again

Business is a pipe: Poles will have to buy gas from Russia again – RIA Novosti, 06/09/2021

Business is a pipe: Poles will have to buy gas from Russia again

Poland can’t wait to finally be able to refuse from Russian gas, but difficulties arose with the Baltic Pipe project. Denmark withdrew permission for … RIA Novosti, 09.06.2021

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MOSCOW, June 9 – RIA Novosti, Natalia Dembinskaya. Poland can’t wait to finally be able to refuse from Russian gas, but difficulties arose with the Baltic Pipe project. Denmark withdrew permission to build two hundred kilometers of the Baltic gas pipeline – under pressure from environmentalists. Warsaw was counting the days until the end of the contract with Gazprom and is now very disappointed. Baltic PipeThe cold winter forced Europe to significantly increase its purchases of blue fuel. Last year, the EU imported 326 billion cubic meters of gas, and almost half of it was Russian. By April, underground storage facilities in the European Union were practically empty. In the first quarter, Gazprom shipped 52.7 billion cubic meters there, which is 30 percent more than a year earlier. In general, exports from January to May increased markedly: to Turkey – by 166.9 percent, to Germany – by 40 percent, to Bulgaria – by 47.8 percent, and to Poland – by 19.8 percent. … Refusal of Russian gas is a strategic task for Warsaw, and here great hopes were pinned on the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline – to the Norwegian fields. Poland and Denmark signed a memorandum on this project worth about 1.7 billion euros a few years ago. More than half is invested by the Polish gas operator Gaz-System. The launch of a pipe with a capacity of ten billion cubic meters per year is scheduled for October 2022. And, as the Polish PGNiG assured, the long-term contract with Gazprom for about the same volume of supplies, which ends just by this time, will not have to be extended. Aspirations did not materializeAn alternative North-South gas pipeline could transport fuel to Ukraine. This project, along with the expansion of imports at the LNG terminal in Swinoujscie (known in Poland as the “Northern Gate” energy corridor), would save Warsaw from the need to buy gas from Moscow. As President Andrzej Duda noted, this is an important milestone on the road to energy independence from Russia. Poland will become a gas hub for the region and will help its neighbors, primarily Ukraine. However, on May 31, Denmark abruptly revoked permission to build 210 kilometers of the pipe – for environmental reasons. The permit was issued by the local environmental protection agency two years ago. But in Copenhagen, measures to protect animals living in the area of ​​ u200b u200bthe pipeline were considered insufficient: sleepyheads, wood mice and bats. Danish national energy system operator Energinet has announced the suspension of construction work. Gaz-System nevertheless expressed confidence that the project will be implemented anyway. Tighten the noosePolish media are sounding the alarm. Without Baltic Pipe, Warsaw will remain a “petitioner” for blue fuel from Russia, writes Gazeta Polska. “The German side is also not averse to putting Poland in a difficult position. & Lt; … & gt; The Russian-German loop is narrowing more and more,” the newspaper points out. This is not the first time that problems with the Baltic Gas Pipeline have arisen. So, earlier Energinet delayed pipe laying on Zeland Island for six months. Explained by technical problems and the coronavirus. More environmental studies are now needed. This time, the delay may be longer. In Warsaw, they still hope for the best. “It is in the interests of the Republic of Poland and the whole of Central Europe to complete this project as soon as possible, and we count on the goodwill of the Danish government,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przycz. Nord Stream – 2 “. This gas pipeline is almost complete. Joe Biden admitted that new restrictions are pointless, and neither Ukraine nor Poland can accept this. Kiev calls for the use of all legal means for a “complete and irreversible” cessation of construction. Russia is allegedly trying to use energy as a “hybrid war tool.” And this, they assure in Kiev, “directly threatens the energy security of both Ukraine and Europe.” In Poland, they believe that Berlin should pay compensation. “The Germans have spent five billion euros on construction, so let them allocate another five for additional weapons for East-Central Europe. Our security has been seriously affected by this pipeline, so the demands on Berlin are quite justified,” said the former Minister of National Defense of the country Jan Parys. The Environmental Protection Agency said it could take about eight months to process a new environmental permit. This means that the Poles will again go to Gazprom.

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MOSCOW, June 9 – RIA Novosti, Natalia Dembinskaya. Poland can’t wait to finally be able to refuse from Russian gas, but difficulties arose with the Baltic Pipe project. Denmark withdrew permission to build two hundred kilometers of the Baltic gas pipeline – under pressure from environmentalists. Warsaw was counting the days until the end of the contract with Gazprom and is now very disappointed.

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The cold winter forced Europe to significantly increase its purchases of blue fuel. Last year, the EU imported 326 billion cubic meters of gas, and almost half of it was Russian. By April, underground storage facilities in the European Union were practically empty. In the first quarter, Gazprom shipped 52.7 billion cubic meters there, which is 30 percent more than a year earlier. In general, exports from January to May increased markedly: to Turkey – by 166.9 percent, to Germany – by 40, to Bulgaria – by 47.8, and to Poland – by 19.8 percent.

The Poles are not happy with this state of affairs. Refusal of Russian gas is a strategic task for Warsaw, and here great hopes were pinned on the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline – to the Norwegian fields.

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Poland and Denmark signed a memorandum on this project worth about 1.7 billion euros a few years ago. More than half is invested by the Polish gas operator Gaz-System.

The launch of a pipe with a capacity of ten billion cubic meters per year is scheduled for October 2022. And, as the Polish PGNiG assured, the long-term contract with Gazprom for about the same volume of supplies, which ends just by this time, will not have to be extended.

Aspirations did not come true

An alternative North-South gas pipeline could also transport fuel to Ukraine. This project, along with the expansion of imports at the LNG terminal in Swinoujscie (known in Poland as the “Northern Gate” energy corridor), would save Warsaw from the need to buy gas from Moscow.

As President Andrzej Duda noted, this is an important milestone on the road to energy independence from Russia. Poland will become a gas hub for the region and will help its neighbors, primarily Ukraine.

However, on May 31, Denmark abruptly revoked permission to build 210 kilometers of the pipe – for environmental reasons.

The permit was issued by the local environmental protection agency two years ago. But in Copenhagen, measures to protect animals living in the area of ​​ u200b u200bthe pipeline were considered insufficient: sleepyheads, wood mice and bats.

Danish national energy system operator Energinet has announced the suspension of construction work. Gaz-System nevertheless expressed confidence that the project will be implemented anyway.

Tighten the noose

Polish media are sounding the alarm. Without Baltic Pipe, Warsaw will remain a “petitioner” for blue fuel from Russia, writes Gazeta Polska.

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“The German side is also not averse to putting Poland in a difficult situation. <...> The Russian-German loop is narrowing more and more,” the newspaper points out.

This is not the first time that problems with the Baltic Gas Pipeline have arisen. So, earlier Energinet delayed pipe laying on Zeland Island for six months. Explained by technical problems and the coronavirus. More environmental studies are now needed. This time, the delay may be longer.

In Warsaw, they still hope for the best. “It is in the interests of the Republic of Poland and the whole of Central Europe to complete this project as soon as possible, and we count on the goodwill of the Danish government,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydach.

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Warsaw was also disappointed by the lifting of US sanctions against Nord Stream 2, the operator of Nord Stream 2. This gas pipeline is almost complete. Joe Biden admitted that new restrictions are pointless.

Neither Ukraine nor Poland can accept this. Kiev calls for the use of all legal means for a “complete and irreversible” cessation of construction. Russia is allegedly trying to use energy as a “hybrid war tool.” And this, they say in Kiev, “directly threatens the energy security of both Ukraine and Europe.”

In Poland, they believe that Berlin should pay compensation. “The Germans have spent five billion euros on construction, so let them allocate another five for additional weapons for East-Central Europe. Our security has been seriously affected by this pipeline, so the demands on Berlin are quite justified,” said the former Minister of National Defense of the country Jan Parys.

The Environmental Protection Agency said it could take about eight months to process a new environmental permit. This means that the Poles will again go to Gazprom.

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