By Martin Chomsky

“Poland’s contract with Gazprom to buy gas expires at the end of 2022. Supplies from the Norwegian shelf will be launched 3 months earlier,” explains the Polish government’s plenipotentiary for strategic energy infrastructure Piotr Naimski in an interview with the “Do Rzeczy” weekly.

“We are implementing a strategy of diversifying sources of gas supply for the Polish economy. The Baltic Pipe will have a throughput of 10 billion cubic metres of gas per year and this is in fact exactly as much as we are buying right now under a contract with Russia’s Gazprom. This contract expires at the end of 2022 and three months prior to that the possibility of sourcing supplies from the Norwegian shelf will open up. This is indeed a very important moment, not only for the Polish economy. In this way we reduce the possibility of political pressure and blackmail from Russia using gas weapons,” Naimski said.

Earlier on, Naimski announced that the Baltic Pipe pipeline will be launched on 1 October 2022. The the pipeline will have a capacity of 2-3 bcm of natural gas per year at the time of launch. Full capacity is to be reached in early 2023.

In August 2021, Naimski said that the launch of the Baltic Pipe pipeline would mark Russia’s loss of ability to put political pressure on Poland by regulating natural gas supplies.

The Baltic Pipe pipeline is a project to create a new natural gas route from Norway to the Danish and Polish markets and to end users in neighbouring countries. The pipeline will be able to transport 10 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year to Poland and 3 million cubic metres from Poland to Denmark. The investors are the Danish Energinet and the Polish state-owned company Gaz-System, subsidiary of PGNiG.