Amber Grid/GAZ – Gas Interconnection Poland to Lithuania – Poland - Project Profile
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Polish Gaz System SA (GAZ) and AB Amber Grid (Amber Grid) are planning to undertake the construction of Gas Interconnection Pipeline project between Poland and Lithuania.
The project involves the construction of a 552km pipeline with a capacity to handle 5,000 million m3 of gas per year from Warsaw in Poland to Jauniunai city in Lithuania.
The project will include the construction of pumping stations, metering units, vacuum chambers, compressor units and other related facilities, the installation of valves and safety systems, and the laying of pipelines.
In August 2010, Amber Grid and GAZ signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the construction of the project. The memorandum involves conducting a pre-feasibility study of the project, including current and expected demand for natural gas in the region, supply sources and market prices.
In December 2010, the European Commission made a final decision on the pipeline connection between the Lithuanian and Polish business environment analysis and feasibility study funding.
In July 2012, ILF Consulting Engineers Polska was appointed as surveyor to conduct feasibility study. In May 2013, feasibility study was completed and territorial planning and environmental impact assessments initiated.
The European Commission will invest 50% of the fund required for preliminary work of the project.
On October 31, 2013, GAZ and Amber Grid submitted joint investment request to the National Regulatory Authorities of benefitting Member States for cross-border cost allocation.
In July 2014, the project obtained approval from the government of Lithuania.
In August 2014, GAZ and Amber Grid jointly submitted applications to the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) for the co-financing of the project. Two applications were submitted, including: one of them to receive EU financial support for territory planning and design stages, and another for construction works.
On November 21, 2014, European Commission decided to allocate Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) grants of US$12 million for preparatory works and US$268 million for construction. The European Commission will provide a funding of US$337 million for the complete project.
In April 2015, GAZ and Amber Grid invited tenders for the designing of a gas pipeline project.
In October 2015, the Governments of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, the European Commission, reached an agreement to allow the construction of the Gas Interconnector Poland-Lithuania (GIPL) project.
European Commission has grant US$348 million fund for studies and work on the project.
In April 2016, Amber Grid launched a tender for the procurement of pipes and construction with a submission deadline of May 2016 and July 2016 respectively.
In June 2016, Lithuania government approved the project.
In September 2016, GAZ has identified, during the implementation of the project, several technical issues which may significantly impact the completion within the anticipated time frame. Thus, GAZ has proposed the new routing of the pipeline on the Polish side.
October 4, 2016, Amber Grid terminated the previously launched tenders for the procurement of pipes and construction works.
As of December 2016, GAZ was preparing the technical feasibility study for the new routing of the pipeline that will be ready by third quarter of 2017.
Project is expected to be commercial by the end of 2021.
The project involves the construction of a 552km pipeline with a capacity to handle 5,000 million m3 of gas per year between Lithuania and Poland.
The US$640 million project includes the following: