Poland to receive its first LNG supplies from US in June

Poland's Świnoujście terminal. [Polish Transport Gazette]

Poland will receive its first liquefied natural gas supplies (LNG) from the United States in mid-June as a result of a deal Polish gas firm PGNiG signed with Cheniere Energy, state-run PGNiG said today (27 April).

Cheniere Energy will make the spot delivery at the Świnoujście terminal on the Baltic Sea.

Poland, which consumes around 15-16 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas annually, built its first LNG terminal in Świnoujście as part of a bigger plan to reduce reliance on gas it imports from Russia’s Gazprom.

The terminal, which started commercial operations in 2016, has a capacity of 5 bcm per year.

Since then it has been receiving LNG from Qatargas, which in March agreed to double deliveries to 2 million tonnes (3 bcm) per year. It also took one delivery on the spot market from Norway.

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“This is a historical moment for PGNiG. We have won a new partner in the LNG trade,” PGNiG Chief Executive Officer Piotr Wozniak said in a statement.

The ambition of Poland’s conservative Law and Justice government is to replace the Russian deliveries with other supplies after 2022, when the long-term deal with Gazprom expires.

“This is a very important agreement, favourable in financial terms,” Prime Minister Beata Szydlo told public broadcaster TVP Info.

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