“The offshore part of the Baltic Pipe has reached land in Poland,” gas transmission system operator Gaz-System reported. The pipeline was dragged through the tunnel by the Castoro Sei pipe-laying vessel.
The last section of the gas pipeline, welded from subsequent pipes on the ship, was gradually pulled up by a 1.5 km long and 119 mm diameter steel rope to the shore near Pogorzelica, north-western Poland.
As Gaz-System reiterated, in the coastal zone, the gas pipeline was pulled inside a previously prepared 800-metre and 2-metre deep trench. A tunnel with a diameter of about 2 meters and a length of about 600 metres has been dug under the beach and the cliff.
“Thanks to the use of microtunneling technology, the gas pipeline was laid under the beach and the cliff, thus ensuring no visual interference with the shoreline and the surrounding area of the investment on land,” the Gaz-System pointed out.
After the ends of the part of the gas pipeline pulled to the Polish shore are welded together, only a fragment will be built in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Danish Zealand, along with an exit to the shore. Gaz-System is also responsible for this part of the construction.
“The entire construction of the “Polish” part of the Baltic Pipe will be completed by the end of the year,” Tomasz Stępień, the CEO of Gaz-System, announced.
Baltic Pipe is a strategic project that is to create a new route of natural gas supplies from Norway to the Danish and Polish markets and to end users in neighbouring countries.
The gas pipeline will be able to transport 10 billion cubic metres of natural gas annually to Poland and 3 billion from Poland to Denmark. The investors are transmission operators: Danish Energinet and Polish Gaz-System.