by Adam Easton
Warsaw — Poland's gas grid operator Gaz-System has signed a Zloty 521.5 million ($137.6 million) contract with a consortium led by Polish builder Budimex to construct a gas pipeline to connect the Polish and Slovak grids.
Poland is expanding its cross-border gas transmission capacity to enable it to pursue its plan to become a regional gas trader once the 10 Bcm/year Baltic Pipe project is completed in October 2022, which will allow Poland to directly import Norwegian gas and LNG deliveries from the US start in earnest in 2023.
The 59 km Strachocina-Polish border pipeline and associated infrastructure will be built by the consortium, comprising Budimex, with a 94.46% stake, and Mostostal Krakow, with a 5.54% stake, Budimex said.
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