Poland is aiming to break its dependence on Russian gas and is planning to establish a new pipeline, linking the country to Norway via Denmark.
The pipeline will run through the Swedish waters, south of Skåne, which is why Tomasz Stepien, CEO of Poland’s state-owned Gaz-System, is in Stockholm to meet Swedish officials before submitting an application.
Talking to Svenska Dagbladet, Stepien stresses that the new pipeline will be important to Sweden in that it will improve security in the entire Baltic Sea region as well as the environment in the Scandinavian country.
Stepien hopes the Swedish government will not delay the process; if Poland cannot switch over to Norwegian natural gas when its agreement with Russia expires, it will once again become dependent on Russian gas.
Construction of the pipeline is expected to start in spring 2020 and be completed by autumn 2022. The Swedish government will decide whether to give permission to lay the pipeline in Swedish waters in autumn 2019, at the earliest.
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