Natural Gas Transmission System Operator

GAS INTERCONNECTION POLAND–LITHUANIA (GIPL)


This is a natural gas infrastructure that will connect Polish and Lithuanian as well as Baltic and Finnish natural gas transmission systems with the European Union ( EU) system. Natural gas will be transmitted in both directions. The GIPL gas pipeline will run from Jauniūnai Gas Compressor Station (GCS) in Širvintos district to the Hołowczyce GCS on the Polish side. It is planned that the connection between Poland and Lithuania will be established until the end of 2021. GIPL project has been recognised by the European Commission as a Project of Common Interest (PCI).

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Investments

The preliminary GIPL project value is EUR 500 million. Investments to infrastructure in the territory of Lithuania will amount to EUR 136 million. EU financial assistance has been provided to prepare Business Case Analysis and  Feasibility Study as well as the preparation of the Environmental Impact Assessment Report of the GIPL Project under the European Commission's Trans-European Energy Networks (TEN-E) program, which made 50% of eligible costs. Following the European Commission's decision of 2014, up to EUR 10.6 million was allocated for preparatory works of the GIPL project and up to EUR 295.4 million for construction works under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). In addition to EU financial support, the construction of the GIPL project will be funded by Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia by a cross-border cost allocation decision covering part of the GIPL infrastructure costs in the territory of Poland - a total of EUR 54.9 million. The rest of the project is funded by the project promoters.

Benefits of the Project

Will integrate gas markets of the Baltic States and Finland into a common EU gas market

Will diversify access to alternative gas supply sources, routes, counterparties and increase of competition

Will increase security and reliability of gas supply – both in terms of additional interconnection capacity and possibility to apply solidarity measures between Member States

Will enable more flexible and efficient use of LNG terminals and transmission infrastructure in Poland and Lithuania

Will enhance liquidity both in Polish and Baltic gas areas and strengthen their regional role

News

Completion of the largest archaeological excavations along the GIPL gas pipeline route opens a new phase of research in Lithuanian history


Archaeological investigations lasting a year and a half have been completed after almost 90% of the construction of the gas pipeline interconnection with Poland was completed in Lithuania. Historical finds were searched for along the entire 165 km long route of the GIPL interconnector in Lithuania. This is the largest recent project for the Lithuanian archaeological community.

Archaeological investigations lasting a year and a half have been completed after almost 90% of the construction of the gas pipeline interconnection with Poland was completed in Lithuania. Historical finds were searched for along the entire 165 km long route of the GIPL interconnector in Lithuania. This is the largest recent project for the Lithuanian archaeological community.
 
Prof. Albinas Kuncevičius, Head of the Department of Archaeology at the Faculty of History of Vilnius University, who led the archaeologists working on the pipeline route, says that once the work has been completed in the real environment, next to the pipeline being installed, the research will move to a different space - reports on the research are being drafted, material for the book is being prepared, and a decision will be taken on the inclusion of the discovered historical objects in the list of archaeological monuments.  
“The archaeological research in the area of the gas pipeline under construction has taken us from Kernavė, the old historical capital of Lithuania, to the Rudamina Mound on the Lithuanian-Polish border. The European practice, used for the first time in Lithuania, has proved to be very successful, when archaeologists, together with the pipeline contractors, took part in the removal of the upper vegetation layer and thus discovered valuable historical objects hidden in the ploughed land or under the thickly grown grass,” says Prof. Albinas Kuncevičius.
 
The most important archaeological finds are the Stone Age settlements discovered between Kruonis and Elektrėnai, as well as medieval burial sites. Four archaeological sites were found in the Alytus district, around the Krokialaukis municipality – Stone Age settlements, and in the Lazdijai district, near Aštrioji Kirsna and Rudamina, at the former intersection of the Jotvingian lands and Lithuania Minor, Roman-period (1st-8th centuries) settlements and decayed 16th-18th century villages. The latter sites are likely to be the sites of discovery and production of iron ore extracted from puddles, which have never been explored before. 
“The construction of the pipeline and the archaeological research add value – not only are we installing a powerful energy artery linking us to Western Europe, but we have also helped to historically explore a significant part of Lithuania. The new information on hitherto unknown Stone Age settlements, their daily life and economic activities provides a solid basis for further archaeological research, contributing to the knowledge of Lithuania’s historical heritage,” says Nemunas Biknius, CEO of Amber Grid. 
During the construction of the gas interconnector, detailed archaeological investigations were carried out over an area of almost 9,000 square metres, and archaeological surveys were carried out across the entire pipeline route, covering nearly 200 hectares of land. 
 
 
The work on the GIPL pipeline route was carried out by a joint team of archaeologists from the Lithuanian Institute of History, Klaipėda University, Vilnius University, and the companies “Kultūros paveldo išsaugojimo pajėgos“ and “Kultūros vertybių paieška“. 
 
While working on the GIPL pipeline route, the archaeological teams inspected the topography of the pipeline route, traversed the area with a metal detector, photographed selected sites with drones, participated in the uncovering of the topsoil, and carried out a detailed investigation of selected sites within the pipeline protection zone. 
 
Within the year and a half since construction of the GIPL pipeline started, almost all parts of the 165 km pipeline have been welded, 102 km of the pipeline have been filled with gas and hydraulic testing of the remaining part of the pipeline is underway. The entire pipeline route has been cleared of explosives, and last summer, complex horizontal directional drilling was carried out to construct the pipeline under Lithuania’s largest rivers - the Neris near Kernavė and the Nemunas near Alytus. This summer, the interconnector installation work is concentrated at the Santaka gas metering and pressure regulation station in the Lazdijai district, on the outskirts of Šeštokai. 
 
The GIPL pipeline will connect the Lithuanian, Baltic and Finnish gas markets to the European Union. The pipeline will enable gas to be sourced from a variety of sources, more efficient use of Lithuania’s gas transmission system and the Klaipėda LNG terminal, and, in the future, ensure biomethane and hydrogen flows in the region. The GIPL link will be able to transport up to 27 TWh of gas per year towards the Baltic States and up to 21 TWh per year towards Poland.
 
 

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Market consultation of the interconnection agreement between Amber Grid and GAZ-SYSTEM S.A.


The and Lithuanian and Polish transmission system operators – Amber Grid and Operator Gazociągów Przesyłowych GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. intend to conclude an interconnection agreement regarding the gas transmission through SANTAKA interconnection point, which will connect the gas transmission systems of Poland and Lithuania after the construction of a new cross-border gas pipeline.
 

The and Lithuanian and Polish transmission system operators – Amber Grid and Operator Gazociągów Przesyłowych GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. intend to conclude an interconnection agreement regarding the gas transmission through SANTAKA interconnection point, which will connect the gas transmission systems of Poland and Lithuania after the construction of a new cross-border gas pipeline.
 
According to the Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/703 of 30 April 2015 establishing a network code on interoperability and data exchange rules, both TSO’s shall invite the network users to comment on the proposed text of:
 
1) rules for the matching process,
2) rules for the allocation of gas quantities,
3) communication procedures in case of exceptional events.
 
It is important to note that matching rules for nominations will be applied for hourly gas quantities at the Santaka interconnection point.
 
All market participants are invited to submit their comments and questions by sending them to the e-mail address: consultation@ambergrid.lt and instrukcja@gaz-system.pl. This consultation will run from 27th April 2021 until 30th June 2021. 
 
After the consultation, GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. and AB Amber Grid will evaluate the responses received during the consultation and take the network users’ comments into account when concluding abovementioned interconnection agreement.
 
More information on the consultation can be found here.

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Progress

Following the Construction Contract which entered into force on 30/12/2019, the construction of the GIPL gas interconnection began immediately. We invite you to get acquainted with the progress of this construction work.

JANUARY

On 02/01/2020, the beginning of the construction work was announced. The pipelines' route was marked, a searched for explosives in the pipeline construction area began, archaeological exploration and other works necessary for the start of construction began. For more information.
 
On 13/01/2020, steel pipes from Poland started to be transported to the construction site. For more information.
 
 
During January:
  • Marked 80 km of pipeline’s route.
  • Transported 14 km of pipes.
  • 5 km of pipes were put along the pipeline’s route.
  • 1 km of pipes were welded.
  • Orders were placed for foreign manufacturers to produce taps, the launching and receiving chambers for the monitoring device and other materials required for the pipeline construction that need more time to manufacture.
FEBRUARY 
 
During the first six weeks of the GIPL gas pipeline construction works, the first kilometres of the pipeline route were welded into filaments. More information.
 
Amber Grid has paid out about EUR 1.3 million in compensation to land owners for GIPL gas pipeline route which will run through the plots of land owned by them. More information
 
The results of the tender for the construction works of the GIPL gas pipeline, in which a pipeline construction company Alvora was the successful tenderer, remain unchanged. A part of the legal action of a company MT Group, who lost the tender for the construction works, whereby the company requested to declare the decision of the Procurement Commission of Amber Grid on the successful tenderer of the tender for the construction works as unlawful, was rejected by the court. More information
 
 
From the beginning of the works in January to the end of February:
  • 102 km of the route were marked
  • 44 km of pipes were delivered 
  • 28 km of pipes were laid along the route
  • 18 km of piping were welded into filaments
  • 9 km long forest stretch in the GIPL route was cut down 
  • 6.3 km of the welds of the welded gas pipeline were X-rayed. 
MARCH
 
After the announcement of the quarantine in Lithuania for the threat of spread of COVID-19 pandemic, the GIPL gas pipeline connection project is being implemented without disruption. Active work with contractors allowed ensuring stable work in all teams. The project is progressing faster than planned – by the end of March, 12% of the entire pipeline construction works were completed. 
 
The planned archaeological research began in parallel with the construction of GIPL gas connection. The historical heritage that has survived into the present day will be explored throughout the territory of 165 km long pipeline route. More information
 
On the occasion of March 11, of the 30th anniversary of the restoration of Lithuania's independence, the Lithuanian tricolour flag with an area of 300 square meters was raised above the gas connection with Western Europe. More information
 
 
From the beginning of the works in January to the end of March:
  • 68 km of steel pipes were delivered to Lithuania 
  • 54 km of pipes were laid along the route
  • 44 km of piping were welded into filaments
  • 19 km long forest stretch in the GIPL route was cut down
  • 22 km of the welds of the welded gas pipeline were X-rayed
  • 5 km of the route were surveyed for explosives
  • archaeological explorations and detailed research are carried out. 
APRIL
 
In April, the quarantine that is in force in Lithuania due to COVID-19 virus pandemic and operating restrictions did not affect the construction of GIPL gas connection between Lithuania and Poland. Works are progressing as planned and even faster. As planned, the connection will be finished by the end of 2021, and two-thirds of construction works are scheduled to be completed this year. More information
 
The lowering of the welded and inspected parts of piping into the excavated trenches has been started. 
 
The preparation for the most complicated works in this year - horizontal directional drilling (HDD) under the river Neris - is nearing the end.
 
The German partners are scheduled to start work in June. At Kernavė on one side of the river Neris and at Kazokiškės on its other side, work sites are already ready, works of welding of a special pipe, that will be pushed across under the bottom of the river Neris at a depth of 20 meters are nearing the end.
 
 
From the beginning of the works in January to the end of April:
  • 85 km of pipes were delivered 
  • 71 km of pipes were laid along the route
  • 64 km of piping were welded into filaments
  • trenches were excavated and 6 km of piping were laid
  • 50 km of the welds of the welded gas pipeline were X-rayed
  • archaeological explorations and detailed research were carried out.
MAY
 
The implementation of the GIPL interconnection project is progressing faster than planned. Already implemented 23 percent. of the GIPL project. By the end of May, more than 100 km of steel pipes from 165 km had been delivered to Lithuania.
 
At the request of Amber Grid, the Government granted permission to foreign specialists performing horizontal directional drilling (HDD) work to enter Lithuania. Representatives of the German company LMR Drilling will start the complex construction of the pipeline under the Neris River in June.
 
At the initiative of Lithuanian and Polish gas transmission system operators, independent experts have started preparing a study to assess how to expand the commercial use of the GIPL connection in Europe, and the GIPL gas connection would create maximum economic benefits for Lithuanian, Polish and other European Union consumers. More information
 
 
From the beginning of the works in January to the end of May:
  • 103 km of pipes were delivered 
  • 87 km of pipes were laid along the route
  • 78 km of piping were welded into filaments
  • trenches were excavated and 17 km of piping were laid
  • buried 14 km of trenches
  • 66 km of the welds of the welded gas pipeline were X-rayed
  • archaeological explorations and detailed research were carried out. 
JUNE
 
Amber Grid and The European Investment Bank recently has signed a €65 million loan agreement to finance the construction of the Lithuanian section of the planned gas interconnection between Poland and Lithuania.  The 18-year loan agreement is concluded on extremely favorable terms. More information
 
An important milestone of GIPL project - horizontal directional drilling (HDD) under the second biggest river of Lithuania Neris has been successfully completed. More information
 
 
From the beginning of the works in January to the end of June:
  • 118 km of pipes were delivered 
  • 98 km of pipes were laid along the route
  • 88 km of piping were welded into filaments
  • trenches were excavated and 28 km of piping were laid
  • buried 21 km of trenches
  • 80 km of the welds of the welded gas pipeline were X-rayed
  • archaeological explorations and detailed research were carried out 
  • HDD drilling was carried out during the construction of the pipeline under Neris river.
JULY
 
Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) works under the Nemunas river have started. Pilot drilling of the first thread was performed. Two pipes, about 700 meters long, will be laid under the largest river at a depth of 20 meters. In parallel, both pipes are laid side by side to ensure a secure gas supply. More information
 
  • 125 km of pipes were delivered 
  • 105 km of pipes were laid along the route
  • 99 km of piping were welded into filaments
  • trenches were excavated and 52 km of piping were laid
  • buried 42 km of trenches
  • 90 km of the welds of the welded gas pipeline were X-rayed
  • archaeological explorations and detailed research were carried out 
  • Pilot drilling of the first thread of the pipeline under the Nemunas was performed

AUGUST

 
One of the most difficult stages of construction of GIPL gas pipeline has been accomplished, i.e. two 750 m length threads of the gas transmission systems were constructed under the river Nemunas in the gas pipeline near Alytus by employing an environmentally sustainable horizontal directional drilling technology without delays. More information.

From the commencement of the works in January to the end of August:
  • 138 km pipes were constructed 
  • 111 km pipes were laid along the pipeline
  • 103 km pipeline was welded into threads
  • trenches were excavated and 69 km pipeline was laid in the trenches
  • 61 km trenches were covered 
  • 97 km welds of the welded pipeline were scanned
  • archaeological surveying and detailed explorations were carried
  • HDD drilling was carried out by constructing a gas pipeline under the river Nemunas

SEPTEMBER

The progress of implementation of the GIPL project was presented to the representatives of the embassies of the countries of the region from Poland, the Baltic States, Finland and the USA in the presence of the Ministry of Energy Žygimantas Vaičiūnas. For more information, please visit here.

Works of preparation for another significant stage of the GIPL project were started, i.e. connection of the part of the GIPL pipeline which has already been constructed to the gas transmission system of Lithuania. For more information, please visit here.

An essential element of filling the gas pipeline with gas, i.e. tap assembly platform, at the starting point of the GIPL connection, near Jauniūnai gas compressor station in Širvintos District is reconstructed, assembling of other tap assembly platforms of the new gas pipeline was started. In total, a total of 40 tap assemblies were mounted in the gas pipeline.
 
Construction of a gas metering and pressure regulation station was started in Lazdijai District, near Lithuania-Poland border.
 
45 per cent of all construction works of the project were carried out during the period of nine months. It is planned to carry out 60 per cent of the GIPL construction works till the end of 2020. 109 km GIPL gas pipeline from Jauniūnai, Širvintos District, to Alytus District, has already been constructed. The total length of the gas pipeline is 165 km.
 
 
From the commencement of the works in January to the end of September:
 
  • 144 km pipes were constructed 
  • 115 km pipes were laid along the pipeline
  • 109 km pipeline was welded into threads
  • trenches were excavated and 83 km pipeline was laid in the trenches
  • 79 km trenches were covered 
  • 105 km welds of the welded pipeline were scanned
  • archaeological surveying and detailed explorations were carried
  • HDD drilling was carried out by constructing a gas pipeline under the rivers Neris and Nemunas
  • works of connection of GIPL gas pipeline to the gas transmission system were started
  • mounting of tap assembly platforms was started
  • gas metering and pressure regulation station construction works were started
     
OCTOBER
 
A quality check of the first part of the GIPL gas connection was carried out: the carried out hydraulic tests suggest that the gas pipeline sustains a load of maximum pressure provided for in the design. The operating pressure of the GIPL gas pipeline will be 54 bars. For more information, please visit here.
 
After carrying out the test and mounting of the tap platform, a part of the GIPL was connected to the existing gas transmission system of Lithuania. For more information, please visit here.
 
 
The first 35 km of the gas pipeline, i.e. from Jauniūnai gas compressor station in Širvintos District, to Elektrėnai, have already been filled in with gas, the starting-arrangement works are carried out. It is planned to fill in 72 km GIPL gas pipeline section with gas till the end of this year.
 
All steel pipes necessary for the GIPL gas pipeline were delivered to Lithuania from the Polish manufacturer Izostal.
 
 
The GIPL project partners Amber Grid and GAZ-SYSTEM SA started a market research aimed at finding out the market demand for transmission services for new GIPL gas connection capacity. For more details, please see here
 
From the commencement of the works in January to the end of October:
  • 168 km pipes were constructed 
  • 119 km pipes were laid along the pipeline
  • 111 km pipeline was welded into threads
  • trenches were excavated and 94 km pipeline was laid in the trenches
  • 89 km trenches were covered 
  • 109 km welds of the welded pipeline were scanned
  • archaeological surveying and detailed explorations were carried
  • HDD drilling was carried out by constructing a gas pipeline under the rivers Neris and Nemunas
  • essential works of connection of GIPL gas pipeline to the gas transmission system were carried out
  • tap assembly platforms were mounted
  • gas metering and pressure regulation station construction works were started
  • hydraulic tests of 38.5 km pipeline were carried out
61% of GIPL gas pipeline construction works were completed in 2020
 
2021 
 
JANUARY
 
A pre-welded section of the GIPL pipeline was built on the Lithuanian-Polish border. It will later be connected to parts of the new pipeline built in both countries. Coordinated contractor works were completed in winter in observance of environmental requirements to protect the population of birds hatching in the spring from extraneous disturbance. For more information, see here
 
The construction of the Santaka gas metering and pressure regulation station near the Lithuanian-Polish border is underway. Works of installation of the foundations of the station building and technological equipment will start in February.  
 
 
The following tasks were implemented from the commencement of works in January 2020 till the end of January 2021:
  • 66% of GIPL construction works were completed
  • all the pipes necessary to build the GIPL pipeline were delivered 
  • 153 km of pipes were installed along the route
  • 130 km of pipes were welded into filaments
  • trenches were excavated, laying 106 km of pipes in them
  • 105 km of trenches were buried 
  • 125 km of welded pipeline seams were candled 
  • archaeological explorations and detailed research were carried out
  • HDD drilling was completed in the construction of the gas pipeline under Neris and Nemunas 
  • essential works to connect the GIPL pipeline to the gas transmission system were carried out
  • tap unit sites were installed
  • works of construction of the gas metering and pressure regulation station were carried out 
  • hydraulic tests were performed on 102 km of pipelines
  • 72 km of gas pipelines were filled up with gas
FEBRUARY
 
In February, two-thirds or 102 km of GIPL pipelines were tested at the maximum load. Hydraulic tests confirmed that the pipeline can withstand the maximum design pressure loads. The GIPL pipeline pressure on this section will reach 54 bars. The quality of the installed gas connection was tested in the pipeline from Širvintos to Alytus. For more information, see here.
 
Documents were submitted in the information system Infostatyba for obtaining a deed of completion of construction works of the first stage of the GIPL gas pipeline, which is expected to be obtained till 31 March 2021.
 
 
The following tasks were implemented from the commencement of works till the end of February 2021:
  • 71% of GIPL construction works were completed
  • all the pipes necessary to build the GIPL pipeline were delivered  
  • 155 km of pipes were installed along the route
  • 142 km of pipes were welded into filaments
  • trenches were excavated, laying 108 km of pipes in them 
  • 107 km of trenches were buried  
  • 135 km of welded pipeline seams were candled
  • archaeological explorations and detailed research continued
  • HDD drilling was completed in the construction of the gas pipeline under Neris and Nemunas 
  • essential works to connect the GIPL pipeline to the gas transmission system were carried out 
  • tap unit sites were installed 
  • works of construction of gas metering and pressure regulation station were carried out 
  • hydraulic tests were performed on 102 km of pipelines 
  • 102 km of gas pipelines were filled up with gas for commencement – tuning works 
MARCH
 
¾ of works of construction of GIPL gas pipeline were completed. 
 
Amber Grid received a confirmation from the State Territorial Planning and Construction Inspectorate that the first stage of GIPL construction was completed properly and that the quality of the pipeline meets legislative requirements. The section of the first construction stage from the starting point of the pipeline in Širvintos district, near the Jauniūnai gas compressor station, to the 73rd kilometer of the pipeline in Prienai district was assessed. For more information, see here.
 
Documents were submitted in the information system Infostatyba for obtaining a deed of completion of construction works of the second stage of the GIPL gas pipeline, which is expected to be obtained till 30 April 2021. The length of the second stage is 30 km of gas pipeline built in the districts of Prienai, Birštonas and Alytus.
 
In the construction of the gas interconnection, 151 out of 165 kilometres of gas pipelines were already welded from Širvintos to Lazdijai district. 
 
The installation of the GIPL starting point site next to the Jauniūnai gas compressor station in Širvintos district was completed. Here a control device start-up chamber (diameter - 700 mm) and a control device reception chamber (diameter - 1200 mm) was installed, also installing a gas pressure / flow restrictor, 6 valve units, connecting gas pipelines intersecting at the site, connecting GIPL pipeline to the remote control SCADA system, installing cathode station and control measurement stations. 
 
 
The following tasks were implemented from the commencement of works till the end of March 2021:
  • 75% of GIPL construction works were completed
  • all the pipes necessary to build the GIPL pipeline were delivered  
  • 159 km of pipes were installed along the route
  • 151 km of pipes were welded into filaments 
  • trenches were excavated, laying 122 km of pipes in them 
  • 115 km of trenches were buried 
  • 149 km of welded pipeline seams were candled
  • archaeological explorations and detailed research were carried out
  • HDD drilling was completed in the construction of the gas pipeline under Neris and Nemunas
  • essential works to connect the GIPL pipeline to the gas transmission system were carried out
  • tap unit sites were installed
  • works of construction of Santaka gas metering and pressure regulation station were carried out
  • hydraulic tests were performed on 102 km of pipelines 
  • 102 km of gas pipelines were filled up with gas
  • the deed of completion of the first stage of GIPL construction works (73 km) was obtained.
APRIL
 
The State Territorial Planning and Construction Inspectorate confirmed that the second stage of construction of the GIPL was completed properly. Experts assessed the 30 km-section of the pipeline built in the districts of Prienai, Birštonas and Alytus. 103 kilometres of 165 km of the entire GIPL interconnection in Lithuania were already approved. 
 
The plan is to obtain a deed of completion of construction of the third stage, the length of which is 26 km, in October of this year at the latest. GIPL construction consists of a total of 4 stages. 
 
The Minister of Energy Dainius Kreivys visited the GIPL construction site in Lazdijai district, where works of the last and difficult stage of construction of GIPL – construction of Santaka gas metering and pressure regulation station – gained pace. The value of the object being built is EUR 6 million. For more information, see here.
 
As Lithuanian and Polish gas transmission system operators Amber Grid and GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. plan to sign the Santaka Interconnection Agreement, a consultation of market participants on some clauses of the agreement has been announced. Santaka point will connect the Lithuanian and Polish gas transmission systems having installed the GIPL gas pipeline. For more information, see here.
 
 
The following tasks were implemented from the commencement of works till the end of April 2021:
  • 81% of GIPL construction works were completed
  • all the pipes necessary to build the GIPL pipeline were delivered 
  • 163 km of pipes were installed along the route
  • 158 km of pipes were welded into filaments
  • trenches were excavated, laying 136 km of pipes in them 
  • 130 km of trenches were buried 
  • 157 km of welded pipeline seams were candled
  • archaeological explorations and detailed research continue were carried out
  • HDD drilling was completed in the construction of the gas pipeline under Neris and Nemunas 
  • essential works to connect the GIPL pipeline to the gas transmission system were carried out
  • tap unit sites were installed
  • works of construction of Santaka gas metering and pressure regulation stations were carried out
  • hydraulic tests were performed on 102 km of pipelines
  • 102 km of gas pipelines were filled up with gas 
  • deed of completion of the first stage of construction of GIPL (73 km) was obtained
  • deed of completion of the second stage of construction of GIPL (30 km) was obtained
MAY
 
As 85% of the GIPL construction works have been completed by June, laying of the welded pipeline into trenches is nearing completion. The last pipes required for the Lithuanian part of the gas pipeline have been delivered to the construction sites in Lazdijai district.
 
At the GIPL Management Committee meeting held at the end of May, Amber Grid and the Polish gas transmission system operator GAZ-SYSTEM – partners of the project – discussed progress in the project’s implementation and matters related to the phases of GIPL testing and putting into operation. Stating the steady progress in the project, GAZ-SYSTEM informed the meeting that approx. 70% of the GIPL construction works were completed in Poland. As already announced, works in the Polish part are planned to be completed in February–May 2022.
 
Amber Grid has included GIPL in the setting of the gas transmission prices for 2022. On completion of the construction, after the gas trading and transportation through the new gas pipeline is started, Santaka gas entry and exit points will appear on the Lithuanian-Polish border. The hourly capacity product and price will be applied at the Santaka cross-border interconnection point, just like in many other European states. It is proposed that the same price is applied at both Kiemėnai point on the Lithuanian-Latvian border and the Santaka point. 
 
 
Works during the period from the start of construction until the end of May 2021:
  • All pipes required for the GIPL delivered 
  • 164 km of pipes transported to various locations along the route
  • 159 km of pipes welded into strings
  • 146 km of trenches excavated and pipes laid
  • 145 km of trenches backfilled
  • X-ray testing of 157 km of pipeline welds performed
  • Archaeological explorations and detailed investigations underway
  • HDD drilling performed for the gas pipeline under the Neris and Nemunas rivers
  • Main works for connecting GIPL to the gas transmission system performed
  • Valve unit sites under installation
  • Construction of the Santaka gas metering and pressure regulation station
  • Hydraulic testing of 102 km of pipeline
  • 102 km of pipeline filled with gas
  • Completion report received for the GIPL construction phase 1 (73 km)
  • Completion report received for the GIPL construction phase 2 (30 km)
JUNE
 
A meeting of the Lithuanian and Polish gas transmission systems’ operators and contractors involved in the GIPL construction took place in June. Progress in the construction works in both states was discussed at the meeting. The project partners are preparing for the connection of the gas pipeline sections in the territories of Lithuania and Poland that will take place in the autumn.
 
Construction of the Santaka gas metering and pressure regulation station on the Lithuanian-Polish border is continued. Fitting out of the building and construction of access roads is underway. Gas cleaning filters are being installed in the territory of the station, and preparations for the high-pressure calibration of ultrasound meters are being made.
 
 
Works during the period from the start of construction until the end of June 2021:
  • 162 km of pipeline welded;
  • 157 km of trenches excavated and pipes laid;
  • 154 km of trenches backfilled; 
  • X-ray testing of 162 km of pipeline welds performed.
 
Total length of the gas pipeline in the territory of Lithuania: 165 km.
 

 

 

 

Project promoters

The project is carried out by Lithuanian and Polish natural gas transmission system operators Amber Grid and GAZ-SYSTEM. The European Commission has recognized the GIPL project as a major infrastructure gas supply security contributing significantly to the EU's energy security.
 
About AB „Amber Grid“
 
AB Amber Grid is Lithuanian natural gas transmission system operator. The company is responsible for reliable and safe transmission of gas (it’s transportation by high-pressure
pipelines) to users of the system, as well as for the operation, maintenance and development of the transmission system.
 
About GAZ-SYSTEM
 
Gas transmission system operator GAZ-SYSTEM is responsible for the transmission of  natural gas and management of transmission network in Poland. It is also the owner of the company  Polskie LNG, the operator of the LNG terminal in Świnoujście.

 

Technical data

Gas pipeline length

Total gas pipeline lenght both in Lithuania and Poland

508 km

Gas pipeline lenght in Poland

343 km

Gas pipeline lenght in Lithuania

165 km

Interconnection capacities

PL->LT  27 TWh/year

(2.4 bcm/year)

LT->PL  21 TWh/year

(1.9 bcm/year)

 

PL->LT  74 GWh/day

(6.6 mcm/day)

LT->PL  58 GWh/day

(5.2 mcm/day)

 

Design pressure

in Poland

8.4 MPa

in Lithuania

5.4 MPa

Timeline of the Project

The pipeline is built and operating

Construction of Santaka gas metering and pressure regulation station started

Two-thirds or 102 km of GIPL pipelines were tested at the maximum load

61% of GIPL gas pipeline construction works completed in 2020

Savanorių pr. 28, LT-03116 Vilnius