On June 19, 2021, reports emerged that construction work on the Baltic Pipe will resume after a short halt was announced earlier in the month. Baltic Pipe is a pipeline that connects Poland with Norwegian gas fields through the Baltic Sea and Denmark.
Danish grid operator Energinet said that two areas of the pipeline’s construction are still waiting for additional regulatory approval and completion of the noble project may be delayed by up to 3 months.
This suspension of operations and construction had come after the rescinding of an environmental permit by the Danish public appeals committee due to worries over the pipeline’s impact on the protected mice and bat species living in the region. Energinet said in a statement:
“The Danish Environmental Protection Agency has now stated that it has no objections to Energinets’ plans to resume construction on parts of the project.”
This project, expected to be ready for use in 2022, is critical to Warsaw’s plans to cut its reliance on Russian gas supplies. The 210-kilometer stretch of the pipeline goes through Denmark on land. The company said:
“Energinet expects that the overall project will be delayed 3 months. We expected the project to deliver a large part of the agreed-on capacity by October next year and possibly full capacity by the end of 2022.”
Energinet gave no detail of the economic consequences of the delay. But, it said that the construction at two places within Denmark would be suspended up to 2022, awaiting the issuance of a new environmental permit.