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Vilnius has announced the start of operation of the GIPL gas pipeline between Poland and Lithuania

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The GIPL (Gas Interconnection Poland – Lithuania) gas pipeline connecting Poland and Lithuania has started work. Nemunas Biknyus, general manager of Lithuanian gas network operator Amber Grid, announced this on Sunday.

“The gas pipeline has started operating. This is a special event in achieving energy independence not only for our countries, but for the whole region, including the Baltic States and Finland. Today, the gas is transported through it to Poland, but depending on the needs, it can go both ways – both to Poland and to Lithuania from Poland. A reliable interconnection infrastructure will ensure the possibility of a constant exchange of natural gas, “Biknius was quoted as saying by Lithuanian news agency Elta.

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The new gas pipeline allows the transfer of 230,000 cubic meters of gas per hour to Poland (2 billion cubic meters per year) and 217,000 cubic meters per hour to Lithuania (1.9 billion cubic meters per year). As previously reported by the operator of the Polish gas pipeline network Gaz-System, the technical capacity in the direction of Lithuania will be 2,564 MWh from May 1 to September 30, 2022. Conversely, the continuous capacity will be 2,419 MWh. .

The new gas pipeline provides access to liquefied gas from the Klaipeda floating terminal, which Poland will be able to import through pipelines and tanks. The total capacity of the terminal in Lithuania is 4 billion cubic meters per year, of which the Polish side can use 1.9 billion cubic meters.

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During the auction held in April on the GIPL gas pipeline from May 1 to June 1, 861 kWh were reserved. It is almost 2 million cubic meters of gas per day. Earlier, the Polish energy company PGNiG announced plans to participate in the tender, which has already reserved capacity for the Klaipeda LNG terminal. In May, the company expects the first gas deliveries.

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