RAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic and Poland have connected their natural gas networks as part of efforts to secure alternative energy supplies.
The prime ministers of the two countries — Petr Necas of the Czech Republic and Donald Tusk of Poland — opened a pipeline named Stork on Wednesday.
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.
The Kyiv Post is hosting comments to foster lively public debate through the Disqus system. Criticism is fine, but stick to the issues. Comments that include profanity or personal attacks will be removed from the site. The Kyiv Post will ban flagrant violators. If you think that a comment or commentator should be banned, please flag the offending material.
Web links to Kyiv Post material are allowed provided that they contain a URL hyperlink to the
www.kyivpost.com material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. Otherwise, all materials
contained on this site are protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced without the prior
written permission of Public Media at email@example.com
All information of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency placed on this web site is designed for internal
use only. Its reproduction or distribution in any form is prohibited without a written permission of