Poland, Slovakia sign letter of intent on natural gas interconnector.

By bne IntelliNews November 2, 2012
The ministers of economy of Poland and Slovakia - Waldemar Pawlak and Tomas Malatinsky have signed a letter of intent on the construction of a natural gas interconnector between the two countries, according to the Polish ministry's press release. They also declared they will apply for EU funds for the project. In Q1 of 2013, they expect an intergovernmental agreement on the project to be signed - after its feasibility study is carried out. The pipeline, linking tranmsission systems operated by Gaz-System and Eustream, respectively, could have capacity of up to 5bn m3, the ministry also reported. In July, Gaz-System signed an accord on feasibility study on Poland-Lithuania interconnector with its Lithuanian peer AB Lietuvos Dujos. Last year, it launched a gas link with the Czech Republic. It also developed the transmission infrastructure in Lasow on the Polish-German border, which will enable increased gas imports from the Western direction by approximately 0.5bn m3 per year to a total capacity of around 1.5bn m3. Overall, its projected completed in 2011, along with the availability of a virtual reverse flow service for the Yamal pipeline, resulted in incremental technical capability for the import of over 3.3bn m3 of gas annually from new sources (approx. 30% of the current import volume).

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