Poland: Work on longest Baltic Pipe pipeline at full speed
Goleniów-Lwówek pipeline, the longest element of the Baltic Pipe project in Poland, has entered the advanced stage with welding and backfilling in trenches underway.
The Goleniów-Lwówek gas pipeline will enable the distribution of gas supplied from the Norwegian Shelf via the offshore gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea and from the LNG Terminal in Świnoujście.
Along the entire route, 98 trenchless crossings will be made under terrain obstacles.
The gas pipeline, with a total length of approximately 191 km, has been divided into two execution stages – the circa 122 km long Goleniów-Ciecierzyce section and the circa 69 km of Ciecierzyce-Lwówek.
For the first stage, all pipes have already been strung and the entire route has been prepared for installation works.
Already 75 km of pipes have been welded and 43 km of the pipeline has been laid in the trench. Archaeological works have also been completed.
At the second stage of the Goleniów – Lwówek gas pipeline construction, the site has been prepared and over 59% of pipes have been strung. Welding works are being carried out and 27 km of the gas pipeline has already been assembled.
“Modern trenchless methods are already a fixture in our company onshore projects. Goleniów-Lwówek pipeline includes almost 100 trenchless crossings under terrain obstacles,” said Iwona Dominiak, GAZ-SYSTEM spokesperson.
“Installation works will be completed by the end of Q1 next year and then we will proceed with technical testing, gas filling and acceptance so that gas can start flowing through the pipeline in October 2022.”
Baltic Pipe will create a new corridor supplying gas from Norway to the markets in Poland, Denmark and also neighboring countries.
Saipem’s pipelay vessel Castorone began laying the offshore gas pipeline at the end of June at a site close to the island of Bornholm, Denmark.