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Europipe to deliver pipes for Gaz-System’s Baltic project, offshore Poland

Europipe has announced the receipt of a contract for the delivery of large-diameter pipes, anti-corrosion coating and concrete weight coating for a section of the Baltic Pipe Project.

The contract, which was awarded by Gaz-System and is expected to be signed in the next few weeks, is for the Polish offshore section of the pipeline project. The order amounts to a total length of 275km.

The 36-inch pipes will be produced at Europipe’s plant in Mülheim an der Ruhr in Germany. Mülheim Pipecoatings, a subsidiary of Europipe, will perform the external coating and internal lining of the pipes. Raw material for the pipe production will be supplied by Europipe’s shareholders, Salzgitter Group and Dillinger Hüttenwerke.

“Gaz-System is a guarantor of our national energy security in the area of natural gas,” said Piotr Naimski, government plenipotentiary for strategic energy infrastructure. “The implementation of the Baltic Pipe will enable the import of increased quantities of up to 10 billion cubic metres of gas from deposits on the Norwegian Continental Shelf to Poland from October 2022.

“It is important not only for Poland but also for the whole European Union, as it creates opportunities for a competitive gas market in this part of Europe. The contract signed today by Gaz-System for the supply of pipes for the construction of the offshore gas pipeline is an important element of this process.”

Tomasz Stępień, president of Gaz-System, added: “The activities required to commence the installation of the offshore section of the Baltic Pipe have almost been completed. We have contracted the supply of the most important materials and are selecting construction and installation contractors.

“Obtaining the decision to build the gas pipeline is also at an advanced stage. Gaz-System has already received a set of permits in Denmark, and in Sweden and Poland, this stage of the investment is almost completed. As announced, we will start construction of the section connecting Poland and Denmark this year.”

The Baltic Pipe Project is a strategic gas infrastructure project that aims to create a new gas supply corridor in Europe. It will allow transport of gas from Norway to the Danish and Polish markets, as well as to end users in neighbouring countries.

The project is being developed in collaboration between the Danish gas and electricity transmission system operator Energinet and the Polish gas transmission system operator Gaz-System.