The felling of trees will precede the construction of the gas pipeline between Rembelszczyzna and Mory. A strip of trees has already been cut down in the Bemowski Forest. The Gaz-System company responsible for the construction explains that it is necessary and that it limits the felling to a minimum.
The commencement of works on the Warsaw gas pipeline is planned by the Gas Transmission Operator Gaz-System for April 2023. The works are expected to take exactly two years. And in May 2025, gas transmission to the Warsaw agglomeration is to start. The route of the gas pipeline runs from the compressor station in the Rembel region, through Jabłonna, Białołęka and Łomianki. It goes through the Młociński Forest, and then heads towards the hill in Radiowo and the Bemowski Forest. From there it will continue to the village of Mory, located in the commune of Ożarów Mazowiecki.
Felling has already been carried out in Bemowo. – The logging area in the Bemowski Forest covers 7.9 hectares. The entire Bemowo forest complex has an area of 508 hectares, informed Iwona Dominiak, spokeswoman for Gaz-System.
By the path stretching along the Babice radio station, from Hubal Dobrzański to Kazimierz Leski, our reporter found piles of wood. – The felling is mostly finished. Along this path, a strip of trees, several meters wide and about one and a half kilometers long, was completely cut down. These are trees of various sizes and bushes. There are logging waste, branches and trunks that are not suitable for processing. On the other hand, along Kocjana Street, the cut wood is stacked, described Mateusz Szmelter, a tvnwarszawa.pl reporter.
Two methods of gas pipeline construction
Part of the route of the gas pipeline runs through forest complexes. It will be constructed using two methods: trenchless and open excavation.
The first method will be used on a four-kilometre stretch. – The total additional financial outlays incurred by Gaz-System to protect environmentally valuable places in Warsaw is about PLN 36 million – the spokeswoman clarifies. The drilling will allow to protect the greenery, e.g. in the Młociński Forest. – Due to its depth, it will pass below the root system of trees – assures Iwona Dominiak.
But most of the gas pipeline (e.g. in the Bemowski Forest and in the vicinity of Legionowo) will be built in a trench. This method forces the cleaning of a green belt 30 meters wide, but – as Dominiak assures – when excavations are carried out in the forest, it is narrowed by half. – The width of such an assembly strip results from the fact that, firstly, you need to make a trench, and secondly, you need space to put the earth and the machines must also move, pipes must be delivered – adds the spokeswoman.
“Minimizing interference with the environment”
A spokeswoman for Gaz-System claims that the route of the gas pipeline has been designed in such a way as to minimize interference with the environment. – Since the Warsaw district is mainly inhabited areas, and the construction of the gas pipeline causes restrictions on development, we tried to route the route in such a way – in consultation with the City Forests, which are the administrator of these areas – to reconcile both the needs of residents, i.e. not to interfere with construction areas and at the same time to minimize impact on the environment – explains Iwona Dominiak. He adds that thanks to the use of a number of design and technical solutions, the scale of felling has been reduced by about 30 percent.
The gas pipeline between Rembelszczyzna and Mory will be approximately 30 kilometers long. – It will increase the capacity of the transmission infrastructure around Warsaw. The investment is needed because the demand for gas for individual customers and for the industry that uses our distribution network is growing – argues Dominiak. He adds that the demand for gas in the agglomeration is growing, so increasing capacity is a natural need. – All CHP plants in Warsaw have or are negotiating connection agreements with us. The Żerań CHP plant operates on the basis of a gas-steam turbine. The Siekierki and Kawęczyn CHP plants will be in a similar situation, the spokeswoman adds.
The wood will go to the land manager
What about cut down trees? – The wood after cutting is at the disposal of the management of the Warsaw City Forests or a private owner – replies our interlocutor. And he assures that there will be new plantings. There will be 5,600 tree seedlings and 2.3 hectares of shrubs along the assembly line. In order to rebuild the natural habitat, 2,580 tree seedlings will appear in Bielany, in the area of the escarpment in Park Młociński along the bank of the Vistula River. Species of trees characteristic of the habitat are: pedunculate oak, small-leaved linden, common hornbeam, field maple. – These works will be taken care of in the spring by the City Forests – he sums up.
Main photo source: Mateusz Szmelter/tvnwarszawa.pl