Poland turns to Norwegian gas to trump Russia

Source: Politico.eu

Increased tensions with Russia over its plans to build the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany is pushing Poland to revive a stalled pipeline project with Norway.

Warsaw’s main goal is to find other gas suppliers when its current contract with Russia’s Gazprom expires in 2022.

“We are going to replace supplies from the east with other sources,” Piotr Naimski, an MP in charge of strategic energy infrastructure at the Polish prime minister’s office, said Tuesday at an event organized in the European Parliament in Brussels. “Our government is not eager to extend this contract.”

The development highlights Central and Eastern Europe’s ongoing struggle to unshackle itself from long-term contracts with the Russian energy giant, which have left countries in the region vulnerable to supply disruptions.

The region, together with the European Commission, has been very critical of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 project, which would see Gazprom double its pipeline capacity to Germany under the Baltic Sea, bypassing the traditional route across Ukraine. The fear is that Russia would use its gas clout as a political weapon.

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