Gaz-System confirmed in an announcement on Monday that Energinet has received approval from the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (DEPA) to resume construction work on most of the 211-kilometre Baltic Pipe pipeline route onshore Denmark.
For the remaining part of the Baltic Pipe pipeline route, Energinet will need to obtain a new environmental permit in order to start construction work, the release added.
According to the communiqué, Energinet informed Gaz-System that the new part of the Baltic Pipe pipeline, the one on which construction works will be resumed at present, combined with the existing gas transmission network in Denmark will enable gas transmission to Poland to be launched in accordance with the project’s assumptions, i.e. by 1 October 2022.
Gaz-System has also stated that the full transmission capacity of Baltic Pipe (10 bcm/y) will be obtained upon completion of construction works on all sections of this investment in Denmark, i.e. by the end of 2022.
The company stressed that work in the Polish part of the project is being carried out as planned and plans to complete it by 1 October 2022.
On 31 May, the Danish Environmental and Food Appeals Board revoked the environmental permit for the Baltic Pipe pipeline, issued by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency on 12 July 2019. The case was remitted to the Agency for reconsideration, which meant that additional studies needed to assess whether the investment could damage or destroy breeding or resting areas for designated animal species.
Following the 31 May ruling, Energinet decided to temporarily halt construction. On Saturday, however, the company announced that the Danish Environmental Protection Agency has no objections to plans to resume construction of the Danish onshore section of the project.
Baltic Pipe is a strategic project to create a new supply route for natural gas from Norway to the Danish and Polish markets and to end users in neighbouring countries. The pipeline will be capable of transporting 10 bcm of natural gas per year to Poland and 3 bcm from Poland to Denmark. The investors are the transmission operators: Danish Energinet and Polish Gaz-System. According to the plans, it is to start operating on October 1, 2022.