OREANDA-NEWSDenmark issued the first permit for the laying of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline, through which it is planned to pump natural gas from Norway to Poland. This is stated in a message posted on the project website on Thursday.

As it states, the operator Baltic Pipe received the first permission from the Danish Environmental Protection Agency "to implement a project in Denmark". The permit issued to the Polish gas operator Gaz-System concerns a land plot on the Danish coast. Now for the construction of the pipeline will need to obtain approval from the Danish authorities for the construction of the offshore section in the waters of the country.

The country spends 15 billion cubic meters of gas for 1 year. It extracts a third of this volume independently in its territory, and imports the rest. The main supplier of gas to Poland is Gazprom, on the basis of a long-term contract with which the country may annually purchase 10.2 billion cubic meters of gas. Warsaw stated that the country is seeking to replace gas supplies from Russia until 2022, when the long-term agreement with Gazprom ends. Among the possible alternatives is an increase in the volume of purchases of liquefied natural gas, which so far is supplied to the country in small quantities from the USA and Qatar and regasified at the LNG terminal in Swinoujscie.

Another possibility is the construction of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline, which should link the fields on the Norwegian shelf in the North Sea with Poland through Denmark. The planned capacity of the pipeline is 10 billion cubic meters per year. Polish authorities intend to complete construction by October 1, 2022. The European Commission will take part in the financing, about € 215 million will be allocated from the European budget for the project.