WARSAW, May 4 (Xinhua) -- The construction of the Baltic Pipe pipeline project to bring Norwegian gas from Denmark to Poland is due to commence in the next few days, Polish President Andrzej Duda announced here on Monday.
The pipeline will run along the Baltic Sea bed, first from the Norwegian shelf to Denmark and then through Denmark to Trzesacz on the Polish coast, Duda was quoted by the Polish Press Agency as saying. He called the project "a milestone towards the full diversification of gas supplies."
On April 30, Poland's gas network operator Gaz-System signed a contract for the construction of the underwater stretch of the Baltic Pipe with the Italian oilfield services company Saipem.
According to Duda, the full diversification of Poland's gas supplies is possible thanks to the Baltic Pipe on one hand, and to the LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminal in Swinoujscie sea port on the other, whose handling capacity is currently being expanded to 17.5 billion cubic meters a year.
The full launch of the gas pipeline is planned for Oct. 1, 2022. Enditem