Polska Spółka Gazownictwa sp. z o.o. is the largest beneficiary of EU funds in the gas distribution segment. By the end of 2015, the company had completed 38 investment projects co-financed with EU funds, with a total value of 529 million PLN. The amount of the subsidy obtained was nearly 180 million PLN. The strategic goal of the company is to maximize co-financing from 2014–2020 EU funds for the implementation of investment projects and the effective use of subsidies for innovation and R&D activities.
Polska Spółka Gazownictwa sp. z o.o. treats the acquisition of EU funding as a strategic challenge that allows projects in various areas of its activity to be implemented, which would not be possible without these subsidies. The company actively obtained funds from the European Regional Development Fund under the Operational Program for Infrastructure and Environment 2007–2013, Regional Operational Programs for gas pipeline construction and reconstruction projects, and the European Social Fund under the Operational Program for Human Capital 2007–2013 for projects focused on developing and building human resources.
Until April 23, 2020, Polska Spółka Gazownictwa sp. z o.o.—under Measure 7.1 OPI&E 2014–2020 – Development of Smart Energy Storage, Transmission and Distribution Systems, Priority Axis VII – Improving Energy Security—signed contracts with the Oil and Gas Institute’s National Research Institute for funding ten projects.
On June 10, 2020, Polska Spółka Gazownictwa sp. z o.o.—under sub-measure 1.1.1 of the Smart Development Operational Program for 2014–2020—signed a grant agreement with the National Center for Research and Development for a research and development project entitled “An Innovative System for the Automatic Identification and Location of Gas Infrastructure Defects using the Phenomenon of Acoustic Emission (SIildig AE)”.
The strategic goal of the company is to maximize co-financing from EU funds for the implementation of investment projects and the effective use of subsidies. The level of commitment of employees and the preparation of appropriate organizational structures to implement new projects will guarantee the effective acquisition of funds.