Slovak transmission system operator eustream a.s. and its Polish counterpart Gas Transmission Operator GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. have launched a Binding Open Season Procedure to allocate and sell their respective transmission capacities in the planned bidirectional gas pipeline connecting Slovakia and Poland.

The project “Gas Interconnection Poland-Slovakia” is a part of the European Union energy infrastructure priority corridor “North-South gas interconnections in Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe (NSI East Gas)”. The interconnection will ensure the diversification of sources and routes and the stability of gas supplies to both countries as well as enhance the competitiveness of the internal gas market. It will enable Polish market participants to access gas from the so-called Southern Corridor, while Slovak market participants will be able to access gas offered at the recently opened LNG terminal in Świnoujście (Poland). Promoters of the project indicate that the interconnector will improve energy security throughout CEE and SEE by diversifying options for gas flow in the region.

The prospective 158-kilometre interconnector will connect the two countries through a gas pipeline from the compressor station in Veľké Kapušany in Slovakia to the compressor station in Strachocina, Poland. It will have a capacity of 4.7 billion cubic metres per year in the Poland-Slovakia direction and 5.7 billion cubic metres per year in the Slovakia-Poland direction.

Submissions of market participants’ binding bids for capacity at the Entry/Exit Point Poland-Slovakia are due by 9 September 2016. Commissioning of the interconnection is scheduled for 2020, and operational launch is scheduled for 2021.