Poland Seeks Cheaper Pipeline Route

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk will seek to persuade Russian officials to pick a "cheaper" route for Gazprom's planned Nord Stream pipeline during a visit to Moscow on Friday.

"Nord Stream is three or four times more expensive" than a rival link that passes through Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, known as the "Amber pipeline," Poland's economy minister, Waldemar Pawlak, told reporters in Warsaw on Friday. "It also costs about three or four times more to transport gas via Nord Stream."

The Nord Stream pipeline, a Russian-German joint venture, will stretch 1,200 kilometers from Vyborg in Russia to Greifswald in Germany and is scheduled to begin carrying gas in 2011. Nord Stream's costs will probably be higher than the 5 billion euro ($7.4 billion) initial estimate, Dirk von Ameln, in charge of getting approval from countries affected by the pipeline, said last month.