The European Commission announced on September 21 that €79 million from the European Regional Development Fund will cover a part of the construction costs of the 130 kilometre-long Zdzieszowice – Wrocław pipeline in South-West Poland.
The new pipeline will reinforce the existing regional gas transmission system and increase its capacity, according to the Commission.
“This Cohesion Policy project improving gas connectivity in Eastern Europe is a concrete example of EU solidarity,” Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu said. “We invest in thousands of transport, digital and energy networks throughout Europe so our Union can grow faster and ever closer.”
Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete stressed that well-connected energy infrastructure is essential to achieving the Energy Union. “This EU support will help fill existing gaps in energy infrastructure, putting us on the path to a truly connected European energy market. This is necessary to strengthen the security of energy supply and a more efficient use of the energy resources,” Cañete said.
The Zdzieszowice – Wrocław pipeline is part of the North-South Corridor included in the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG), Ten Year Network Development Plan (TYNDP) 2017, as an important part of the North-South gas interconnections in Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe, the Commission said, adding that the pipeline was defined as a project of common interest for trans-European energy infrastructure.