WARSAW, Poland – Sweden’s government has approved construction of Baltic Pipe gas pipeline through the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the Baltic Sea. This concludes the process of obtaining construction permits from all countries that the new pipeline system will cross.
The route through the Swedish EEZ will be 85 km (53 mi) long. The full offshore section, traversing the marine areas of Denmark, Poland and Sweden, will be around 275 km (171 mi) long.
In Poland, the governor of West Pomerania issued the offshore construction permit in April, while Denmark signed of last October on two offshore sections: one from the coast to the border of Sweden’s marine area, and the other from that area, through Danish waters near Bornholm island, to the border of Poland’s marine area.
According to GAZ-SYSTEM, the Baltic Pipe project has now entered its implementation phase, with Saipem awarded the offshore pipelay contract at the end of April.
Later this year, work will start on the landfalls in Poland and Denmark along with construction of micro-tunnels. Pre-lay route surveys should also get under way for the offshore pipeline.
During the first half of 2021, vessels will mobilize in the Baltic Sea to prepare the seabed for pipeline installation, with pipelay set to begin in summer 2021.