WARSAW Feb 17 Poland's and Slovakia's gas
pipeline operators have been granted a European Union subsidy of
up to 108 million euros ($115 million) to build a gas link
between them, Polish state pipeline operator Gaz-System said on
The link will open the Slovakian market to gas supplies from
Poland's liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the coastal
city of Swinoujscie launched last year, the head of the Polish
operator, Tomasz Stepien, said in a statement.
Poland buys most of the gas it consumes from Russia, but has
reduced that in recent years and plans to cut it further.
Gaz-System said the link is part of the North-South corridor
project in central-eastern and south-eastern Europe "to increase
diversification and security of gas supplies."
The pipeline will be 164 km (100 miles) long, of which 58 km
will be in Poland.
($1 = 0.9421 euros)
(Reporting by Marcin Goettig; Editing by Ruth Pitchford)