Norway-Poland gas link construction resumes as the Ukrainian war ignites the promotion of energy security

The war in Ukraine has led European countries to rethink Russia’s reliance on energy, Germany has expanded its use of coal to support Russia’s departure from gas, and Denmark has 33 months later with Poland. We are about to resume construction of a pipeline connecting the Norwegian gas fields. Pause over environmental issues.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has raised concerns that Russia’s gas supply to Europe may be cut, highlighting the need to diversify its energy supply and driving European countries into action.

Denmark-based grid operator Energinet Announced Resume construction of the Danish section of the Baltic pipe connecting the natural gas supplies of Poland and Norway.

“We are very busy compensating for the lost month to complete the project in time. Søren Juul Larsen, project manager for the Baltic Pipe Project at Energinet, said in a statement that the contractor was staffed on the project. And by adding machines, you can accelerate the pace of construction and complete it as soon as possible.

Energinet has obtained a new environmental permit and expects the pipeline to be partially operational from October 1, this year, and to operate with a full capacity of up to 10 billion cubic meters from January 1, 2023. Said.

The pipeline aims to reduce Poland’s reliance on Russia’s gas, which Warsaw considers an urgent task in the light of Russia’s invasion of Poland’s close ally and neighbor Ukraine. ..

Poland currently receives half of its total annual gas consumption of 20 billion cubic meters from Russia’s energy giant Gazprom. The long-term contract between Poland and Gazprom expires later this year and Warsaw has no plans to renew it.

Construction of the pipeline was discontinued in 2019 after Danish regulators withdrew permission on concerns about the effects on protected mouse and bat species.

“Of course, we are committed to protecting nature and wildlife during the construction of the Baltic pipe,” Larsen said, adding wildlife conservation to the new permit and protecting species during construction. Learn more about the precautions Energinet must take to protect you.

Energinet’s Polish partner Gaz-System I said it was going well Complete construction of Baltic pipe components in Poland to allow gas to begin flowing from Norway by 1 October 2022.

The resumption of construction highlights the new urgency of European countries to reduce Russia’s reliance on energy supply.

Germany has reached a major turning point in its policy in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, announcing a significant increase in defense costs, freezing Nord Stream 2 certification, and two new liquefied natural gas to import more fuel. We are in the process of building a terminal. From a country like the United States.

Nord Stream 2 pipeline
Specialists will board the Allseas deep-sea pipeline ship Solitaire to prepare pipes for the Baltic Nord Stream 2 pipeline on September 13, 2019. (StineJacobsen / Reuters)

Berlin is also trying to expand the use of coal as Germany is pulling itself away from Russia’s natural gas.

Germany’s coal-fired power plants may continue to operate beyond the current deadline for coal termination, 2030. according to Robert Habeck, German Minister of Economy and Energy.

“Strengthening our energy sovereignty strengthens our security,” Habeck said Monday prior to a meeting with European Union counterparts. “Therefore, we must first overcome the high reliance on Russia’s fossil fuel imports. Warmonger is not a reliable partner.”

Russia supplies about 35% of Germany’s crude oil, 55% of natural gas and half of coal.

The numbers are similar in all European Unions, with Russia supplying about 27 percent of block crude oil, 41 percent of natural gas and 46.7 percent of coal.

The crisis in Ukraine has led to more calls to boost US fossil fuel production to strengthen both US energy security and the energy security of its European allies.

Tom Ojimek


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