The Company has obtained all the administrative decisions and permits required for the project. In November, a several-months-long complex stage involving the selection of, negotiations and contracting with 40 key providers to be involved in the execution of the Baltic Pipe with respect to construction works, supervision, certification as well as equipment and materials supply was completed. At this point, first construction activities in the field are being undertaken.
‘We have completed another important stage of the Baltic Pipe project, related to the selection of all construction contractors. We have obtained all the necessary decisions, contracted all the works, supervision and certification services as well as principal supplies and all other activities. The construction phase is the only thing that remains ahead of us. Looking at the progress to date, despite the pandemic, we can confirm that the project schedule is not at risk. Gas from Norway will flow through the Baltic Pipe to Poland in October 2022’ said Tomasz Stepien, President of GAZ-SYSTEM.
As regards the offshore part of the project, which includes the construction of an offshore gas pipeline and its landing points on the Polish and Danish shore, construction sites are currently being set up. The activities include the preparation of construction facilities, fencing and marking of the project site and mobilisation of first equipment. As far as investor supplies for the offshore part are concerned, more than 85% of all the pipes needed for laying the gas pipeline on the bottom of the Baltic Sea have already been manufactured. The company expects the underground trenching works for the pipeline sections close to the Polish and Danish coast to start in the Spring of 2021, and the laying of the offshore gas pipeline will begin in the Summer.
With respect to the onshore part of the Baltic Pipe, GAZ-SYSTEM has signed all contracts with the contractors for compressor stations and gas pipelines. Currently, some of the selected companies are undertaking first works in the field and are in the process of tracing out the routes and boundaries of the construction zone. In November, first deliveries of DN 1000 pipes arrived and will be used for the assembly of onshore pipelines. At the same time, the company received confirmation that the compressors ordered for the Baltic Pipe compressor station have already been assembled, and factory quality and safety tests of the equipment are being carried out. The first compressors will be shipped to Poland in December.