BRUSSELS, September 27 — PRIME. The European Commission (EC) believes that the new gas pipeline between Norway and Poland, Baltic Pipe, will play an important role in mitigating the current energy crisis in the European Union, according to its press release.
“The pipeline will play an important role in mitigating the current energy crisis,” said EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson, quoted in the report.
The start of deliveries of “blue fuel” via Baltic Pipe is scheduled for October 1.
The European Commission has long supported this project politically and financially as part of its work to improve the EU’s energy infrastructure.
The EC adds that the pipeline “will support the diversification of gas imports in Central Eastern Europe and the Baltic States by opening a new route from the North Sea to the EU.”
At the same time, Norway is already one of the main suppliers of “blue fuel” to the European Union.
The Polish government has stated that the republic plans to replace Russian gas with supplies via the Baltic Pipe. On April 27, Gazprom suspended gas exports to Poland due to non-payment for deliveries under the new scheme in rubles. Poland previously received up to 10 billion gas from Russia per year through the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline.
Baltic Pipe will allow importing up to 10 billion cubic meters of gas per year from Norway to Poland through Denmark and 3 billion cubic meters of gas per year from Poland to Denmark, the EC notes.