Polish PM Szydło travels to Denmark; plans to sign Baltic Pipe memorandum

A memorandum for the supply of gas to Poland from the North Sea is to be signed by the Polish prime minister in Copenhagen on Friday. While in Denmark, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło is to meet her Danish counterpart, Lars Løkke Rasmussen.

According to Poland’s Gaz-System, the operator of the Świnoujście Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in northwestern Poland, the Baltic Pipe may be operational in October 2022. Szydło said the Baltic Pipe initiative, which Denmark and Norway take part in,  is key to Poland’s energy security, as it would allow easing up on gas imported from Russia, which today is a main source of this energy. The pipeline is expected to have a capacity of ten billion cubic metres.

Poland’s deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymański said the Baltic Pipe would be another “window to the world of gas” for Poland.“We can in this way lead to diversified gas supplies, specifically non-Russian gas, to our market, which is still too strongly dependent on that supplier,” Szymański said.

Szymański said Szydło’s trip to Copenhagen will be rich, adding that “Poland and Denmark have a lot in common with regards to security and the single market”. He said the single market was “a victim of protectionist tendencies, especially in the south of Europe”. He added that “we clearly see a need to revitalise a coalition of countries – which certainly includes Denmark – which are tied to the single market. We feel a far-reaching convergence of interests with Denmark,” Szymański said.

Source: Radio Poland/PAP