Poland and Lithuania have completed the €500 million GIPL pipeline
The 165 km long GIPL international gas pipeline connecting Lithuania and Poland has been completed. This was reported on the official website of Amber Grid, the Lithuanian gas transmission system operator implementing the GIPL project.
Construction of the pipeline began in January 2020 and lasted one year.
"Despite global and local challenges, we have implemented our plan and we have completed the strategic Lithuanian energy project, the construction of the GIPL pipeline. The GIPL project will go down in the history of Lithuania's energy independence, as the long-planned infrastructure will finally ensure the integration of the Baltic gas market into the European gas market, increase energy security and create new opportunities for Klaipėda LNG terminal and technical preconditions for green transformation,” says Nemunas Biknius, the CEO of Amber Grid.
The GIPL pipeline is expected to become operational in the middle of 2022. GIPL will connect the Baltic States and Finland via the Estonian-Finnish gas pipeline Balticconnector with the European Union gas network, increase the number of accesses to alternative gas sources in the Baltic region and ensure security of gas supply and competition. Currently, the Baltic States and Finland can only purchase gas through mainland from Russia.
The total length of the international gas pipeline connection between Lithuania and Poland is 508 km, of which 165 km are laid in the territory of Lithuania and 343 km in Poland. The diameter of the pipeline is 700 mm. On the Lithuanian side, the starting point of the gas pipeline connection is located near the Jauniūnai gas compressor station near Vilnius. The pipeline in Poland will be connected to the Holowczyce gas compressor station. Interconnector capacity in the direction of Poland-Lithuania 2.4 billion cubic meters per year, in the direction of Lithuania-Poland 1.9 billion cubic meters per year. The Baltic gas markets will become part of the common gas market of the European Union.
The total value of the GIPL project is about €500 million, with the European Commission providing more than 60% of the funding of this project. Latvian and Estonian gas transmission system operators are also contributing to the financing of the project.