Poland announced plans not to extend the contract for gas supplies from Russia

Poland does not intend to extend the contract with Gazprom for gas supplies from Russia. This was announced by the Polish government commissioner for strategic energy infrastructure Piotr Naimski.

“We will not extend the contract with Russia’s Gazprom,” he said on air of radio station SiĆ³dma9.pl.

According to Naimski, Poland plans to start supplying gas through the Baltic Pipe pipeline starting in October 2022. The country’s authorities believe that these supplies will meet all the needs of the Polish economy.

The current volume of Russian gas purchases by Poland is 10 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The supply contract expires in 2022. At the same time, Poland has repeatedly announced its unwillingness to extend it. Thus, in April last year, the Deputy Minister of State Assets of Poland Janusz Kowalski said that the country plans to completely abandon Russian gas.

On July 3, 2021, the Danish Board of Appeals for the Environment and Food did not confirm the permit for the construction of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline. It is about the permission of the Danish Environmental Protection Authority from July 12, 2019.

The decision on Baltic Pipe means that the Danish Environmental Protection Agency must carry out additional tests necessary to assess whether pipe-laying could destroy or damage the breeding or resting places of certain species of animals living in the interior of the planned pipeline.

Poland has said that construction of the Baltic Pipe will go ahead despite the decision of the Danish Environmental Court of Appeal.

The Baltic Pipe pipeline between Denmark and Poland was planned to start in 2022. Warsaw promoted it as a replacement for the Russian-German Nord Stream 2 project running under the Baltic Sea. In 2020, the Polish authorities offered Berlin to replace Nord Stream 2 with the Baltic Pipe infrastructure in the event of a halt in its implementation.