Ramboll presses on with Baltic Pipe
Friday, Jul 14, 2017
Denmark’s Ramboll is set to carry out two new studies for the proposed Baltic Pipe project, which would connect gas infrastructure between the country and Poland.

After carrying out a feasibility study at the end of last year and a further report regarding the possibility of ties with the EPII terminal in Nybro in February, the company said that two separate conceptual studies would now take place.

These will include the investigation of a tie-in to the Norwegian transmission system at Nybro, which would involve “examining results from the completed feasibility study, further defining details of the reception terminal, and preparing documentation to obtain a firm project schedule, cost estimate and basis for the forthcoming detailed engineering phase”.

A separate subsea pipeline study will explore pipeline route selection, quantitative risk assessment and mechanical design, crossing identification, and agreements and preparation of survey specifications.

Once completed, it is hoped that the Baltic Pipe will deliver up to 10 bcm per year of gas from Norway’s trunkline system, which is already linked to Denmark. The expanded network would also carry on through Poland and on to Eastern Europe.

“Establishing the viability of the project is a significant step towards a common goal of providing affordable, secure and sustainable reliable energy among the citizens of the Nordic and Central Eastern European community,” said Energinet project manager Sofie Leweson.

Last month, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło signed a memorandum for the supply of Danish gas under the project. At the time Konrad Szymanski, Poland’s deputy foreign minister, said that the development would offer another “window to the world of gas” for his country as it looks to reduce its reliance on imports from Moscow.

“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,” he added.

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