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Czech-Polish Gas Interconnector

The planned Czech-Polish Gas Interconnector (CPI) project consists of the construction of a pipeline (DN 1000, PN 73.5) that would interconnect the existing transmission systems of the Czech Republic and Poland. 

The aim of the new bidirectional Czech-Polish pipeline project is to increase the transmission capacity, and to facilitate safe and reliable transmission of gas between the two countries. The construction of such transport corridor would not only strengthen the flexibility of natural gas transport in Central and Eastern Europe, but also integrate gas markets in the region. 

Another important aspect of the Czech-Polish Gas Interconnector would be reinforcing the security of natural gas supply to Moravian regions by boosting the exit capacity into the domestic zone and also increasing injectability and deliverability at underground gas storage facilities located in Central and Northern Moravia. In addition, the project is planned to be a major contribution to efforts to secure an environmentally sound source of energy for industrial production in the South Moravian, Moravian-Silesian, Olomouc and Zlín Regions.

The projected length of the pipeline in the territory of the Czech Republic is approximately 207 km. Construction and execution is preliminary planned for the years 2020 – 2022. A final investment decision has not been taken yet. The Polish partner to the project is GAZ-SYSTEM, S.A.

EU Regulation No. 347/2013, the main purpose of which is to facilitate and accelerate the implementation of projects of strategic importance in the energy sector, has introduced, among other things, a new status for projects – Project of Common Interest (PCI). The PCI status can be awarded to projects that provide a significant contribution to creating the internal energy market, ensuring the security of supply, and building strategic priority corridors with a cross-border impact. The list of PCI projects is updated every two years. The first list was approved in 2013 and updated in 2015. The CPI project (which includes the projects No. 6.1.1 and 6.1.12) is included on the list of PCI projects.). Currently the revision of the PCI list is ongoing. Additional information on Projects of Common Interest (PCI) is available on the European Commission's official website here, and on the PCI interactive map here.

PCI No. 6.1.1 Poland – Czech Republic Interconnector [currently known as "Stork II"] between Libhošť – Hať (CZ/PL) – Kędzierzyn (PL)

Public consultation for this project held within the framework of projects proposed for inclusion on the list of Projects of Common Interest (PCI) took place between December 22, 2014 and March 31, 2015 and March 27, and June 19, 2017. For additional information on the public consultation process, follow this link and on this one as well.

In accordance with Act No. 183/2006 Coll., on Land-Use Planning and Building Rules (the "Building Code"), the plan to build the project is included in Update No. 1 of the Regional Development Policy of the Czech Republic, which was approved by the Cabinet on April 15, 2015. Furthermore, in accordance with the Building Code, the plan to build the pipeline is included in the Land Development Principles (LDP) of the Moravian-Silesian Region, which entered into force on February 4, 2011.  

During 2011-2012, the project underwent a standard environmental impact assessment in accordance with Act No. 100/2001 Coll., on Environmental Impact Assessment. The Czech Ministry of the Environment issued an EIA approval on February 13, 2012. In response to an amendment to Act No. 100/2001 Coll., on September 23, 2015 the Czech Ministry of the Environment issued a Binding Position on Verification of Conformity of the Environmental Impact Assessment of the Project issued in accordance with Section 10(1) of Act No. 100/2001 Coll., on Environmental Impact Assessment and on Amendment to Certain Acts (the “Environmental Impact Assessment Act”), as in effect until March 31, 2015.

Additional information on the project, including the implementation plan, can be found on the PCI interactive map here.

Preparation and consultation of the documentation necessary for the planning permit has been initiated in 2015. Recently all necessary steps are being taken in order to initiate the permitting proceedings.

In 2014, the project received a grant under the CEF program in the amount of 50% of eligible costs of the two activities preparatory stage.

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is one of the most important programs included in the EU financial framework for the years 2014-2020. The program consists of providing EU financial assistance to support Projects of Common Interest in transport, energy and telecommunications infrastructure, using the synergy potential between these sectors. For additional information on the program, follow this link.

PCI No. 6.1.12 Tvrdonice – Libhošť Pipeline, including upgrade of CS Břeclav (CZ)

In accordance with Act No. 183/2006 Coll., on Land-Use Planning and Building Rules (the "Building Code"), the plan to build the Tvrdonice – Libhošť Pipeline, including an upgrade of the Břeclav Compression Station, is included in Update No. 1 of the Regional Development Policy of the Czech Republic, which was approved by the Cabinet on April 15, 2015. Furthermore, in accordance with the Building Code, the plan to build the pipeline is included in the Land Development Principles (LDP) of the Zlín Region, which entered into force on October 23, 2008, the LDP of the Olomouc Region, which entered into force on October 12, 2013, and the LDP of the Moravian-Silesian Region, which entered into force on February 4, 2011.

During 2011-2012, the project underwent a standard environmental impact assessment in accordance with Act No. 100/2001 Coll., on Environmental Impact Assessment. The Czech Ministry of the Environment issued an EIA approval on February 13, 2012. In response to an amendment to Act No. 100/2001 Coll., on September 23, 2015 the Czech Ministry of the Environment issued a Binding Position on Verification of Conformity of the Environmental Impact Assessment of the Project issued in accordance with Section 10(1) of Act No. 100/2001 Coll., on Environmental Impact Assessment and on Amendment to Certain Acts (the “Environmental Impact Assessment Act”), as in effect until March 31, 2015.

In 2011, the European Commission decided to allocate funds under the European Union program for trans-European Energy Networks (TEN-E) to co-finance a project entitled "Study and Pre-Investment Work relating to the Use and Possibilities for Further Development of the Polish-Czech Interconnector". The project included the preparation of technical specifications for the planned route and documents for a land-use permit application for the pipeline, which is planned to provide a direct interconnection between the Czech and Polish transmission systems.

 

The European Union trans-European Energy Networks program (TEN-E) supported long-term investments into the energy sector. The objective of the program was to ensure the security and diversification of supply, and more importantly, the gradual interconnection, interoperability and development of trans-European Networks for the transmission of electricity and transport of gas.

Public consultation for the project held within the framework of projects proposed for inclusion on the list of Projects of Common Interest (PCI) took place between March 27 and June 19, 2017. (. For additional information on the public consultation process, follow this link as well as this one.

The documentation for the planning permit (for the whole CPI project) was submitted to the Ministry of Regional Development in December 2016, proceedings are ongoing. The tender documentation for the procurement of materials and works is under preparation and should be completed in 2017.Additional information on the project, including the implementation plan, can be found on the PCI interactive map here.

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Public consultation on the project

"Tvrdonice – Libhošť Pipeline, including upgrade of CS Břeclav"

1)
When: 9 November 2016, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Where: Conference room No. 112 of the Municipal Office of Břeclav, Nám. T. G. Masaryka 42/3, 690 81 Břeclav

2)
When: 30 November 2016, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Where: Large meeting room of the Municipal Office of Kroměříž, Velké náměstí 115,
767 01, Kroměříž

Public consultation on the project

Poland – Czech Republic Interconnector

When: 30 November 2016, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Where: Assembly hall of the Municipal Office of Nový Jičín, Masarykovo náměstí 1/1, 74101, Nový Jičín