Warsaw (Puls Biznesu) - Bartimpex, the company owned by Aleksander Gudzowaty, a Polish businessman, are again planning its Bernau-Szczecin project - a gas pipeline between Poland and Germany.
Warsaw (Puls Biznesu) - Bartimpex, the company owned by Aleksander Gudzowaty, a Polish businessman, are again planning its Bernau-Szczecin projectÂ - a gas pipeline between Poland and Germany.
We have sent a letter to Gaz System and we have received a reply that they are interested in our project. Both companies will hold talks, Stefan Geron, Bartimpex development director said.
Gaz System is the operator of the gas transmission system owned by the Ministry of Treasure. Earlier, it belonged to PGNiG, the gas monopoly.
According to Andrzej Osiadacz, Gaz System CEO, the possible co-operation with Bartimpex is still in the very preliminary phase.
Bartimpex expects the government to support it.
In order to start construction works, we need a signal from the state, they they are interested in this project as an element of the country's energy security. The Treasure could, for example, buy the capacity of the gas pipeline in the first phase. Today, this is the only project allowing for quick diversification of gas deliveries to Poland, Stefan Geron said.
Poland faced difficulties in the past when Gazprom stopped gas deliveries to Byelarussia. Bernau-Szczecin pipeline could have capacity of 5 billion cubic metres of gas annually, nearly the same level of Poland's gas imports from Russia. According to estimates made in 2002, the 30-km-long pipeline from Bernau to Szczecin costs PLN 100m (EUR 25.1m) on the Polish side.
(PLN 1 = EUR 0.251)