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Blow to Gazprom monopoly: Baltic countries physically join European gas market

European gas transmission system

European gas transmission system

The gas pipeline-connector (interconnector) GIPL started operating on May 1 between Poland and Lithuania. It has connected the gas transmission system of the Baltic States and Finland to the European gas market.

"This is a significant breakthrough in the energy security of the entire region. It will be much more difficult for Gazprom to blackmail these countries with gas," Sergiy Makogon, CEO of the GTSOU company, wrote.

In the coming days, a tanker with a cargo of liquefied natural gas LNG for Poland will arrive at the LNG terminal in Klaipeda.

After the construction of the Poland-Slovakia interconnector this summer, Ukraine will also have access to LNG terminals in Poland and the Baltic countries, Makogon noted.

The GIPL (Gas Interconnection Poland–Lithuania) gas pipeline has a length of 522 km. Its throughput capacity is 2.4 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

The €588 million project was completed in less than two years.

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