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We will not extend contract with Russia’s Gazprom: official

“Everything indicates that from October 1, 2022, gas will be sent to Poland via the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline,” Piotr Naimski, government plenipotentiary for strategic energy infrastructure, said on Monday. “We will not extend the contract with Russia’s Gazprom,” he announced.

In an interview with “Radio Warsaw”, Mr Naimski assessed that the amount of gas that Poland will consume by 2030 will increase by approximately 50 percent.

He assured, however, that despite the rise, the country would not become dependent on Russian suppliers.

“The contract [with Gazprom] will expire next year and we will not extend it,” he announced.

According to Mr Naimski, the Baltic Pipe “will allow the gas, necessary for the Polish economy, to be imported from sources other than Russian.”

“We are at the last stage of the implementation of the strategy of diversifying the directions and sources of gas supplies to Poland,” he said, stressing that “this is our goal and I am convinced that next year we will be able to say that the goal has been achieved.”

Baltic Pipe is a strategic project that is to create a new route of natural gas supplies from Norway to the Danish and Polish markets and to end users in neighboring countries.

The gas pipeline will be able to transport 10 billion cubic metres of natural gas annually to Poland and 3 billion from Poland to Denmark. The investors are transmission operators: Danish Energinet and Polish Gaz-System.

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