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EU supports Slovak-Polish pipeline

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The EU’s Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA), Polish operator Gaz-System and Slovak operator Eustream have signed an agreement to construct a new gas pipeline.

The new 165 km pipeline will help bring diversification of the CEE region’s gas sources, as it completes a missing link between the Polish and Slovak gas transmission systems.

The new pipeline forms part of efforts to create a new north-south gas corridor and help diversify gas supplies.

The EU will provide €107.7 million to finance the project.

Poland and Slovakia will now each gain direct access to a variety of gas supply sources in the north and in the south, including the proposed Eastring pipeline linking the Balkans.

“With the completion of the Baltic Pipe project – in 2022 – Poland will gain new import opportunities,” said Piotr Naimski, the Polish government’s delegate for strategic energy. “This is an important element in strengthening the energy security of our country and the whole of Central and Eastern Europe.”

“The financial support received via CEF funding underlines the important role the Poland-Slovakia Gas Interconnection has in fulfilling the European Union’s energy policy objectives” said Tomasz Stepien, President of the management board at Gaz-System.

The proposed Polish-Slovak gas pipeline project comprises a gas pipeline of which approximately 59 km will be located in Poland and 106 km in Slovakia.

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