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 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

The first kilometres of the gas interconnection with Poland GIPL have been welded


To ensure timely implementation of the project of the gas interconnection Lithuania and Poland, during the first six working weeks, the first kilometres of the gas pipeline have been welded. One tenth of the gas pipeline lot to be constructed this year is planned to be welded in February. 

 

 

To ensure timely implementation of the project of the gas interconnection Lithuania and Poland, during the first six working weeks, the first kilometres of the gas pipeline have been welded. One tenth of the gas pipeline lot to be constructed this year is planned to be welded in February. Two thirds or 100 km of the total gas pipeline route have already been marked, machinery and equipment needed for works have been efficiently mobilised.

By the end of February, 24 more kilometres of steel pipes from Poland will reach Lithuania. By the end of February, 29 km of steel pipes from a Polish manufacturer will be delivered to Lithuania. In total, 45 km of pipelines will be transported from the start of construction to the storage sites until spring. Other part of pipes will continue to be transported on schedule.
 
Preparations have been launched for complex horizontal directed drilling under the largest rivers of Lithuania – the Neris and the Nemunas - when laying gas pipeline sections under the rivers.
'We set an ambitious task for ourselves and contractors – to lay 100 kilometres gas pipeline out of 165 km during the year 2020. This project is important not only for Lithuania, therefore we have no time to waste, all our efforts are focused to ensure timely and quality construction of the interconnection', stated Acting CEO of Amber Grid Nemunas Biknius. Gas will be transported via the new pipeline to Lithuania, Baltic States, Finland and Poland by the end of 2021.
In January - February, foreign manufacturers were ordered to manufacture the main technical elements of the gas pipeline: valves, control device activation-acceptance cameras and other materials of long manufacturing time needed for gas pipeline construction.
 
In the next weeks, transportation, welding and laying of pipes will continue, a part of the routes passing through the woods will be prepared, other building works will be carried out.
 
The first pipes for the GIPL gas pipeline construction were brought from Poland in early January. They are stored in the specially installed grounds. Throughout the planned route of the gas pipeline, 10 grounds will be installed. To ensure effectiveness and quality planning of works, pipes will be delivered closer to the physical location of works. Pipes will be transported from the storage grounds and laid along the gas pipeline route.
 
Once the sections of the pipeline are welded, one meter and a half deep trench (deeper in certain areas) will be dug and the prepared pipe will be laid into it. Nearly two thirds of the pipeline are planned to be laid in 2020.
 
The gas interconnection to be completed in the end of 2021 will provide capacities enabling transportation of up to 27 terawatts hours (TWh) natural gas per year towards the Baltic States, up to 21 TWh per year towards Poland, while the Baltic gas markets will become a part of the common EU gas market.
 
 
 
 
 

 

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The first pipes for the gas interconnection with Poland have been brought to Lithuania


Following the commencement of the construction of the gas interconnection with Poland by Amber Grid, the first pipes delivered to Lithuania have been accepted. Consistent efforts are exerted to ensure gas will start flowing through them by the deadline established in the project, i.e. end of 2021.

 

Following the commencement of the construction of the gas interconnection with Poland by gas transmission system operator Amber Grid, the first pipes delivered to Lithuania have been accepted. Consistent efforts are exerted to ensure gas will start flowing through them by the deadline established in the project, i.e. end of 2021.
 
Steel pipes are supplied by the successful winner of the contract – Polish company Izostal. GIPL gas pipes to be laid in the territory of Lithuania will cost EUR 26.4 million, excluding VAT.
'We are launching the first active stage of works of the gas pipeline of great importance not only for Lithuania but for all Baltic States and Finland. In this stage, the major efforts are focused on construction of the pipeline from Jauniūnai to Alytus by the end of this year. During the implementation of the project, we focus lots of our efforts on planning, security, quality of the project management and accountability for completed works', said acting CEO of Amber Grid Nemunas Biknius.
Pipes manufactured in Poland, near Katowice, are transported to Lithuania by trucks for over 700 kilometres. One truck can carry eight pipes. One pipe weighs over 2 tons and is of the length of 15 meters and of the diameter of 700 millimetres. Approximately fifteen hundred trucks are planned to bring all pipes, i.e. one kilometre of the pipeline will be brought by 10 trucks. The entire GIPL pipeline to the Lithuanian-Polish border is 165 km long.
 
The first pipes to be used in the GIPL pipeline construction are stacked in the special storage ground in Obeniai, next to Elektrėnai. Throughout the planned route of the gas pipeline, 10 grounds will be installed. To ensure effectiveness and quality planning of works, pipes will be delivered closer to the physical location of works. Pipes will be transported from the storage grounds and laid along the gas pipeline route.
 
In a week, 20 of January welding of the pipes is planned to commence. Once the sections of the pipeline are welded, one meter and a half deep trench (deeper in certain areas) will be dug and the prepared pipe will be laid into it. Nearly two thirds of the pipeline, i.e. 100 kilometres out of 165 km are planned to be laid during 2020. Besides, over 10 valve stations will be installed in the course of a year and complex horizontal directional drilling will be carried out under the largest rivers of Lithuania – Neris and Nemunas, when laying the gas pipeline sections under the rivers.
 
The gas interconnection to be completed in the end of 2021 will provide capacities enabling transportation of up to 27 terawatts hours (TWh) natural gas per year in the direction of the Baltic States, up to 21 TWh per year towards Poland, while the Baltic gas markets will become a part of the common EU gas market.

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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.

 

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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