Warsaw, August 15 - Neftegaz.RU.On 14 August 2019 Gaz-System and Solar Turbines, an American company, signed the contract for the delivery and service of the complete set of compressor units for the three compressor stations constituting a part of the Baltic Pipe Program. The total contract value amounts to over PLN 550 million.
The Baltic Pipe Project is important not only for Poland but also for all of the EU as it creates possibilities for the emergence of competitive gas market in this part of Europe. The contract we have signed today with the American company for the supply of compressor units for 3 Polish compressor stations under the Baltic Pipe Program is one of the elements of gas sourcing diversification strategy being implemented by the Polish government. This way we are building energy independence of our country – said Piotr Naimski, the Secretary of State at the Chancellery of the PM.
The contract with the American supplier of key machinery for the 3 compressor stations located in Poland constitutes yet another milestone achieved by Gaz-System under the Baltic Pipe Program. The contracted equipment will provide sufficient capacity enabling efficient distribution of increased gas volumes imported to Poland through the President L.Kaczyński LNG Terminal, Baltic Pipe and, in the future, the FSRU located in the Bay of Gdańsk. The strategy consistently implemented by Gaz-System aimed at changing the direction of gas supply in Poland becomes the fact – emphasised Tomasz Stępień, the President of Gaz-System.
The contract with Solar Turbines for the purchase of compressor units is the 1st contract for investor deliveries under the Baltic Pipe Program and one of the largest contracts of this type in the history of the Polish gas industry. The delivery includes the total of ten compressor units with the capacity between 5 and 10 MW. 3 of them will be installed at the Goleniów Compressor Station, 3 in Gustorzyn and 4 in Odolanów. The delivery will take place within 18 to 20 months from the conclusion of the contract.
Together with the compressor supply, Gaz-System secured a long-term (10 years) service contract enabling efficient operation of the compressor units, safe compressor station operation and continuous gas transmission.
The purchase of the compressors is a part of the investor deliveries and the procurement process had been implemented in the form of competitive dialogue which made it possible for Gaz-System to gather information on the global market of compressor suppliers. It also ensured flexibility in creating tender documentation taking into account high technological standards, manufacturers’ specificity and the requirements set by the company which included operational characteristics, configuration and optimisation of the acceptance and delivery process.
Baltic Pipe is a strategic investment aimed at creating a new natural gas supply corridor from Norway to the Danish and Polish markets and to the end-users in the neighbouring countries.