GAZ-SYSTEM: Environmental Impact Assessment reports have been submitted
The Environmental Impact Assessment reports for the investment have been submitted in all three countries the territorial seas of which the offshore gas pipeline constructed on the Baltic Sea bed will go through. It happened, according to the schedule, on 28 March 2019 in Poland, on 19 March 2019 in Sweden and on 25 January 2019 in Denmark.
The Environmental Impact Assessment report for the Polish part of the project was submitted to the Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Szczecin. In Sweden and Denmark, on the other hand, the documents constituting parts of the applications for construction permits, were submitted to the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation and to the Danish Energy Agency, respectively.
The reports contain the results of the comprehensive environmental survey campaign conducted along all the considered variants of the offshore gas pipeline route. The surveys, lasting over a year, allowed developing the project impact assessments for the key environment elements, including nature, local communities and tourism. The research was carried out with regard to the periods of the gas pipeline construction, operation and decommissioning.
Care for the safety of people and environment is one of our main objectives during the implementation of the whole Baltic Pipe project. For that reason, based on the environmental surveys and analyses carried out, we have modified the original project assumptions. One of the key modifications was, for example, choosing a trenchless method for constructing the landfall at the place where the gas pipeline changes over from offshore to onshore, so that in Poland it will go through a microtunnel under the beach and sand dunes. We are going to implement a similar solution in Denmark, thanks to which the impact on the coastline, inhabitants or tourism will be mitigated as much as possible. – Tomasz Stępień, President of the Management Board at GAZ-SYSTEM S.A., said.
Detailed environmental, geophysical and geotechnical surveys which have been carried out also allowed developing the cross-border assessment of the project environmental impact, showing to what extent activities performed in each country can affect neighbouring countries. Everyone who is interested in the documentation or in submitting comments or requests may participate actively in consultations through the medium of the authorities that the reports were submitted to.
The works within the framework of the onshore part of the Baltic Pipe project executed by GAZ-SYSTEM in the territory of Poland are also at an advanced stage. The onshore part of the investment has already obtained the first environmental decision. It was issued by the Regional Director for Environmental Protection in Gorzów Wielkopolski for the Goleniów-Lwówek gas pipeline.
Independently of the so-called environmental procedures, the tender processes aimed at selecting the companies ready to perform contracts for the offshore gas pipeline are being executed in line with the schedule. Detailed analytical and design engineering works, thanks to which the construction of the offshore part will kick off in 2020 and finish in 2022, are also ongoing.