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Polish-Slovak gas interconnector will open soon: Polish President

A gas interconnector linking Poland and Slovakia will be launched soon, Polish President Andrzej Duda said during a press conference, after talks with his Slovak counterpart Zuzana Čaputová in Bratislava on Wednesday.

“I’m pleased that a gas interconnector will bring us together soon and will make it possible for mutual gas transfers where both Poland will be able to send gas to Slovakia and Slovakia will be able to send gas to Poland if there is a need to do so,” the Polish head of state said.

In turn, Zuzana Čaputová expressed hope that the gas interconnector will strengthen Slovakia’s energy independence and diversification of energy sources.

Polish President Andrzej Duda (L) and Slovakian President Zuzana Čaputová (R)/ Photo: PAP/Radek Pietruszka

Ukraine should be an EU candidate country

Referring to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, Caputova suggested that she and Duda could together visit European leaders who are reluctant to offer Ukraine the status of an EU candidate country.

“I have suggested to the president that we should together visit some Western leaders who present a more moderate stance when it comes to the European Union’s candidate status for Ukraine,” she said.

#Slovakia and #Poland stand with our neighbour #Ukraine. With president @AndrzejDuda we agree that our solidarity with Ukraine is firm, our partnership strong & our cooperation critical. We support Ukraine #EUmembership and in rebuilding & preserving peace/security in our region.

— Zuzana Čaputová (@ZuzanaCaputova) May 11, 2022

Ukraine has already filled in the necessary documents, as required by the European Commission (EC), but EU leaders must approve the EC’s potential recommendation for granting the EU candidate status. A discussion on the issue is expected to take place during an EU summit in late June.

More gas, more independance

Polish state-owned natural gas company PGNiG has forecast an increase in its extraction of gas in Norway for the years 2022-24. PGNiG’s subsidiary PGNiG Upstream Norway is expected to extract 3 billion cubic metres (bcm) of natural gas in 2022, 0.5 bcm more than originally planned, 2.5 bcm in 2023 and 2.9 bcm in 2024.

The Polish gas giant also predicted it would extract 863,000 tonnes of crude oil in 2022 as well as 798,000 and 928,000 tonnes in 2023 and 2024 respectively.

Following the launch of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline, planned for October 2022, gas from the Norwegian fields will be piped direct to Poland, PGNiG pointed out.

The #BalticPipe will soon connect 🇵🇱Poland and 🇩🇰Denmark to the 🇳🇴Norwegian Continental Shelf, strengthening energy security and diversification at a critical juncture for Europe. Thanks to @PiotrNaimski for vision, drive and endurance #EnergySecurity

— Anders H. Eide (@NorwayAmbPL) May 6, 2022

PGNiG Upstream Norway holds shares in 58 licences on the Norwegian Continental Shelf and the company highlighted that its activities there took on greater importance in light of Russia’s Gazprom halting supplies to Poland through the Yamal pipeline.

PGNiG added that the new gas extraction strategy will also affect the profile of crude oil extraction from the deposits in the years 2022-2024.

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