Czech Republic, Poland connect gas systems
The 32-kilometer (20-mile) pipeline with a capacity of 500 million cubic meters a year makes it possible to transfer gas in both directions.
It was built by the Czech pipeline operator Net4GaS and its Polish counterpart Gaz System.
EU nations have been seeking to secure alternative gas sources and reduce their dependence on Russia following Europe's natural gas cutoff of Russian gas shipments via Ukrainian pipelines in January 2009.
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