Poland's Gaz-System is to open a 14-kilometre pipeline on September 12, 2017, which will ultimately form part of a connection between Poland and Croatia as Central and Eastern Europe vies for energy diversification and independence.
The pipeline between Wierzchowice and Czeszów in Poland’s south-west will eventually connect the Baltic Pipe and the LNG terminal in Świnoujście in Poland’s northwest with Ukraine and a planned terminal on the Croatian Island of Krk.
The new pipeline cost nearly EUR 21 million and more than half of that was subsidised by the European Union.
Poland has pledged to its diversify energy supplies and reduce dependence on Russia.
Świnoujście has since 2016 taken regular shipments of gas from Qatar and earlier this year received a one-time shipment from the US.
Poland is also strongly in favour of Baltic Pipe which would supply it with gas from the North Sea, but has vocally opposed Nord Stream 2, which would send Russian gas to Western Europe by circumventing Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic states.