Friday, June 4, 2021

Denmark suspends the Baltic Pipe. The energy war in Central Europe has just started

www.baltic-pipe.eu

 On May 31, 2021, the Danish Environmental and Food Appeals Committee withdrew the permit to construct the Baltic Pipe inland gas pipeline, the critical energy project for Poland. The decision (relating to the complaints made in August 2019) was justified by an insufficient description of the measures taken to protect 'dormice, Nordic wood mice and bats' protected under European law.

The pipeline under construction would connect the deposits in Norway with Denmark and then Poland.  It will run along the bottom of the Baltic Sea and connect the Danish and Polish systems. The onshore part of the planned gas pipeline will be 210 km long and will run through Jutland and the islands of Funen and Zealand. It is the onshore part connecting that is in trouble.

The Baltic Pipe project is a crucial undertaking for Polish energy security. With a capacity of 10 billion cubic meters, this system of gas pipelines is to connect Poland with gas deposits on the Norwegian continental shelf. As a result, Warsaw will be able to abandon blue fuel supplies from the East - this goal is to be achieved next year, with the expiration of the Yamal contract, under which fuel from Russia is delivered to Poland.

Yesterday I mentioned Denmark as one of the countries that directly benefit from the Nord Stream 2 (NS2). Coincidence?!

Some already say that we should not connect that to the NS2 controversy. I don't buy it. I think it is precisely about Russia and President Biden's decision to let them finish the NS2. The energy war in Central Europe has just started.

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