MOSCOW, 26 Aug — PRIME. The new gas pipeline between Poland and Slovakia, which opened on Friday, could seriously improve the security of gas supply and the sustainability of the energy system in Europe, the European Commission said.
“Today, a gas interconnector between Poland and Slovakia was opened. It connects the gas networks of the two countries, providing affordable supplies and diversifying supply routes,” the EC press release says.
The pipeline is part of the “North-South Gas Infrastructure Corridor” linking the Baltic, Adriatic and Aegean Seas, the eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea.
The interconnector project aims to “reduce the dependence of the EU countries on a single supplier of natural gas, open access to new sources of supply to Central-Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, develop the market between Northern and Southern Europe and strengthen the integration and coordination of regional gas markets,” writes the EC. .
“This interconnector will significantly improve the security of supply to the EU and the sustainability of our energy system,” European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson was quoted in the release as saying.
The gas pipeline has a total length of about 165 kilometers, the European Union allocated more than 100 million euros from its funds for its creation, which amounted to about 40% of the cost of this project.