Gas starts flowing to Poland through new Baltic Pipe pipeline

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WARSAW, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Gas started flowing to Poland through the new Baltic Pipe pipeline from Norway via Denmark and the Baltic Sea on Saturday morning, Polish gas pipeline operator Gaz-System said. 

The pipeline is at the centre of Poland’s strategy to diversify its gas supplies away from Russia that began years before Moscow’s February invasion of Ukraine triggered a global energy crisis. 

A Gaz-System spokeswoman told Reuters that flows started at 6.10 a.m. (0410 GMT) and nominations, or requests for sending gas through the pipeline on Oct. 1, totalled 62.4 million kilowatt-hours (kwh).

Official opening of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline: Polish President Andrzej Duda (R), Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (L) and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (C) participates in the official opening of the ‘Baltic Pipe’ gas pipeline on the premises of the gas compressor station in the vicinity of Budno near Goleniow, Poland 27 September 2022. The Baltic Pipe gas pipeline is to create a new route of natural gas supplies from Norway to the Danish and Polish markets as well as to end users in neighboring countries. EPA-EFE/MARCIN BIELECKI POLAND OUT

The pipeline, with an annual capacity of 10 billion cubic meters, was officially inaugurated on Tuesday, a day after leaks were detected in the subsea Nord Stream gas pipelines linking Russia to Europe. 

Russia cut gas supplies to Poland in April when it refused to pay in roubles. 

(Reporting by Anna Wlodarczak-Semczuk; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

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