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

Two thirds of GIPL interconnection underwent load testing


During the construction of the gas interconnection Poland - Lithuania GIPL, 102 km of the laid new gas interconnection have been tested. The total length of the gas pipeline is 165 km. Conducted hydraulic tests proved the pipeline to withstand maximum pressure loads planned. GIPL gas pipeline pressure in this section will be 54 bar.

 
During the construction of the gas interconnection Poland - Lithuania GIPL, 102 km of the laid new gas interconnection have been tested. The total length of the gas pipeline is 165 km. Conducted hydraulic tests proved the pipeline to withstand maximum pressure loads planned. GIPL gas pipeline pressure in this section will be 54 bar.
 
The quality of the installed gas interconnection was tested in the pipeline interconnecting Širvintos and Alytus. Upon completion of the hydraulic tests, the special internal diagnostic device was inserted into the pipeline to check geometry of the gas pipeline and the quality of gas pipeline mounting works. 
'From the commencement of the GIPL construction, during on year, we completed 70% of works. The most complicated technological solutions have already been completed, we continue laying the remaining pipeline section to the Lithuanian-Polish border. At the same time, already mounted gas pipeline is checked. The gas pipeline will be in operation for years; therefore we must be confident that the gas interconnection important not only for Lithuania but for the whole Baltic Region will operate reliably and if needed, gas transportation at maximum load will be possible', said CEO of Amber Grid Nemunas Biknius.
During installation of the international interconnection of the GIPL, Amber Grid is carrying out strict supervision of the quality of works and products used. To check the quality of the pipeline, all welding seams are examined by using a special X-ray device.  
 
 
By now, 138 kilometres of the gas pipeline have already been laid from Širvintai to Lazdijai District. At the same time, preparations for construction of an important element of the GIPL project – Santaka gas accounting and pressure regulation station - at the Lithuanian-Polish border are taking place.  
 
 
Works to connect the gas pipeline elements to the gas transmission information system are carried out at the starting point of the GIPL pipeline, next to Jauniūnai gas compressor station in Širvintos district. At the same time, the GIPL gas pipeline is being integrated into the control system of Jauniūnai gas compressor station.
 
The GIPL gas pipeline will interconnect the gas markets of Lithuania, Baltic States and Finland with the European Union. The gas pipeline will enable gas extraction from various sources, more effective operation of the Lithuanian gas transmission system and Klaipėda LNG terminal, and assurance of biomethane and hydrogen flows in the region. The GIPL link will have capacity of transportation of up to 27 TWh gas per year in the direction of the Baltic States, and up to 21 TWh in the direction of Poland per year. 
 
 

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GIPL gas pipeline section between Lithuania and Poland laid


While implementing the international GIPL gas interconnection project, the contractors laying the gas pipeline in Lithuania and Poland have accomplished planned works at the border of these countries. 

While implementing the international GIPL gas interconnection project, the contractors laying the gas pipeline in Lithuania and Poland have accomplished planned works at the border of these countries. A pre-welded GIPL gas pipeline section has been laid between Lithuania and Poland while performing coordinated works, and this section will subsequently be connected to the parts of the new gas pipeline laid in both countries. These works have been performed in winter in accordance with the environmental requirements not to disturb the bird population who will nest in spring.
“Laying a small gas pipeline section across the Lithuanian-Polish border while preserving nature is another step towards interconnecting gas pipelines, which marks the progress of the GIPL project. Thanks to the persistent effort of Amber Grid professionals and partners implementing the project, we can already see a clear outlook of project completion,” says Nemunas Biknius, CEO of the Lithuanian gas transmission system operator Amber Grid. 
 
The 50 metre gas pipeline section across the Lithuanian-Polish border has been simultaneously laid by the contractors of both countries. To date, a total of 126 kilometres of the gas pipeline have already been laid and welded in Lithuania, and the project is planned to be accomplished by the end of this year. 
“The GIPL works schedule is very tight; therefore, the works never stop – we cannot afford such a luxury. We have been constantly assessing the situation and adjusting the project works schedule in order to accomplish this interconnection that is important for Lithuania’s energy independence as soon as possible,” states Tomas Šidlauskas, CEO of UAB Alvora working on Lithuania’s side.
The construction of Santaka gas metering and pressure regulation station at the Lithuanian-Polish border has already gained pace. The foundation and technological equipment installation works are planned to start in February, and the State Territorial Planning and Construction Inspectorate will have to approve completion of the construction of the gas metering and pressure regulation station at the end of this year.
 
 
A section of 17 kilometres, running from the gas metering station to the Polish border, which (like the entire GIPL gas pipeline) has been laid by UAB Alvora is estimated to operate at a higher pressure than is currently used in Lithuania. The pipes laid across the Lithuanian-Polish border and the induction elbow have been supplied by the Polish natural gas transmission system operator Gaz-System. Testing of the newly laid section will also be carried out by a contractor employed by Gaz-System.
 
 
165 kilometres of the gas pipeline interconnection between Lithuania and Polish, planned to be accomplished by the end of 2021, will connect the Baltic and Finnish gas markets to the European Union system. This project will not only integrate the Baltic and Finnish gas supply systems into the single EU gas market, but will also increase gas trading liquidity in the areas of the said countries and enhance their regional roles.
 
 
 

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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
 
 

 

 

 

 

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

Welding of the pipes began

First pipes from Poland started to be transported to the construction site

GIPL Construction Contract entered into force and the construction work on the GIPL pipeline began

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