The gas industry is a major component of the Czech energy sector, and no other energy source can match the possibilities and guarantees offered by gas. Not only is it the most environmentally friendly of all non-renewable energy sources, but the conditions that have been established in the Czech Republic to ensure the security and reliability of its supplies are well above the norm. A key role in this has been played by the diversification of transport routes, allowing gas to flow to the Czech Republic from Norway as well as Russia.

The forthcoming interconnection of the northern and southern routes by the GAZELLE pipeline will further reinforce this security, while at the same time raising the strategic importance of the Czech Republic on the European backbone route bringing natural gas from Russia to the West. The countries of the European Union are dependent on imports for more than half their fuel and energy, and by 2050 this proportion is set to rise to as high as 80 percent. For this reason, EU countries are jointly searching for ways to increase the security and reliability of their supplies. The new high-pressure pipeline planned in the Czech Republic is one of them.

This new route will connect the Czech Republic to Russian gas supplies coming into Europe by the “Northern Route” - i.e. the Nord Stream pipeline running along the bed of the Baltic from Russia to Greifswald, Germany. This then connects to the OPAL pipeline, which will run as far as the village of Brandov on the German-Czech border.

The construction designer of the new pipeline is ILF Consulting Engineers, s.r.o., which is also preparing all the project documentation, running from the Basic Design through to the Detailed Design materials. Negotiations regarding property rights and public hearings in relation to the construction and associated engineering work are being handled for NET4GAS, s.r.o by RWE Plynoprojekt, a.s.

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