Ukraine plans to build gas pipeline to Poland to get European gas
Ukraine plans to build a 110-kilometer-long gas pipeline for a yearly transit of up to 10 billion cubic meters of gas from Poland, TASS agency reported referring to UNIAN.
The project is estimated at $245 million. Radoslaw Dudzinski, deputy chairman of the board of Polish Polenergia, told a Baltic business form in Poland that the gas pipeline could become operational in 2019-2020.
Plans are to build the pipeline from underground gas storage facilities Bilshe-Volitsa in Ukraine's Lvov region to the gas-measuring station Drozdovichi on the Ukrainian-Polish border.
If the project is translated into practice, Ukraine will be able to get gas from Germany, and it will also be possible to transport liquefied gas from a terminal in the Polish port city of Swinoujscie, which will become operational in 2015.
Dudzinski said that under plans, the gas pipeline could be also used for reverse gas supplies from Ukraine to Poland at times of peak consumption.
Ukraine, which transits Russian gas on to European consumers, currently does not receive Russian gas for its own needs due to an unsettled dispute with Moscow over prices. The country depends on Russia for more than half of its gas needs. Russian gas giant Gazprom on June 16 switched Ukraine's national oil and gas company Naftogaz to prepayment for gas supplies because Kiev failed to pay part of its gas debt by the deadline of 10:00 Moscow Time on June 16. Gas supplies to Ukraine for its own needs were halted, but transit volumes were reportedly passing via Ukraine to Europe in line with the schedule.