The Italian company Saipem, a subsidiary of the Eni oil and gas concern, has signed a contract with the Polish company Gaz-System for laying an underwater section of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline. It is reported by the Polish online publication BiznesAlert.
The contract price is 280 million euros. For this money, the S-Lay method will lay a gas pipeline 275 km long at depths from 4 to 57 meters. The agreement includes the construction of microtunnels (to protect beaches), work on the coast of Denmark and Poland, as well as test filling of the gas pipeline after its laying.
All work is planned to be completed by October 2022. The capacity of the gas pipeline will be 10 billion cubic meters. m of gas per year. The Italian company will begin preparatory work in the second half of 2020. The gas pipeline itself, through which gas from Norway will go to Poland, will begin in the summer of 2021. The contract was signed on April 30, 2020.
We intend to become the gas hub of Europe. We are going to buy gas not only for our own needs, but we are also ready to ensure the energy security of neighboring states
- said Polish President Andrei Duda at a press conference.
This is an element implemented as part of the Three Seaside initiative. Now we are building pumping points on the border with Ukraine. This is very important because Poland will be the guarantor of energy security for a state that has survived many years of blackmail by Russia. So from the point of view of Ukraine’s independence, these plans are very relevant
- summed up the president.