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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Nord Stream pipeline hinders Poland's gas supply

Poland has signed a contract with the Arab emirate Qatar for the supply of liquid gas. The gas is to reach Poland via the Polish Baltic Sea ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście. The liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza predicts a conflict with Germany and Russia, who want to build a gas pipeline which runs directly past these ports: "The government has prepared a special law that was swiftly approved by the Sejm [the Polish parliament] aimed at making sure that these investments are not delayed by red tape. However there is the problem that the ships with gas from Qatar may not be able to dock here anyway. They'll probably be blocked by the Nord Stream pipeline that is to run between Russia and Germany. The investors plan to lay the pipeline directly across the entrance to the Szczecin and Świnoujście ports - and at such a height that the ships carrying the gas won't be able to get past it. The Polish authorities raised the alarm … two years ago. But to no avail."

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