Poland acquired a file variety of shipments of liquefied pure fuel (LNG) by its terminal in Świnoujście in Could. To this point this yr, the variety of LNG deliveries have been one third increased than in the identical interval of 2021.
Boosting provides of LNG has been a key aspect in efforts to wean the nation off Russian vitality sources. These have been ongoing for years – with the Świnoujście terminal opening in 2015 – however got additional impetus by the invasion of Ukraine and later resolution by Gazprom to chop off fuel provides to Poland.
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State vitality agency PGNiG yesterday introduced that it had acquired its sixth LNG cargo in Could at Świnoujście, a brand new month-to-month file. The most recent arrival was 73,000 tonnes of LNG from the USA, which corresponds to 100 million cubic metres (mcm) of pure fuel after regasification.
The agency famous that over the entire of Could, the entire quantity of deliveries was 0.45 million tonnes of LNG, or 620 mcm after regasification. That’s sufficient fuel to cowl use by all home prospects for two.5 months in the course of the spring and summer season, stated PGNiG. 5 of the shipments got here from the US and one from Qatar.
“The file month-to-month variety of deliveries is the results of the intensification of LNG imports to strengthen Poland’s vitality safety,” stated PGNiG, which is the one LNG importer in Poland.
Rekordowa liczba dostaw #LNG dla #PGNiG do 🇵🇱 @TerminalLNG w jednym miesiącu! W maju odebraliśmy ich aż 6. Sukces przypieczętował dzisiejszy ładunek skroplonego #gazziemny, który dotarł z 🇺🇸 USA gazowcem Gaslog Westminster. Działamy dalej!
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— PGNiG (@GK_PGNiG) May 31, 2022
Because the begin of the yr, PGNiG has acquired a complete of 20 LNG shipments, one third greater than in the identical interval of 2021. The regasification capability of the Świnoujście terminal is now 6.2 bcm per yr, which is 1.2 bcm greater than in 2021. From 2024, capability will probably be elevated to eight.3 bcm per yr.
“Growing LNG imports is PGNiG’s response to the tight scenario on the European fuel market brought on, amongst different issues, by Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine and restrictions on gasoline provides from the East,” added the agency.
Along with the six deliveries to Swinoujscie in Could, PGNiG additionally took supply of a cargo of LNG on the Klaipėda terminal in Lithuania.
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The Poland-Lithuania Fuel Interconnector “GIPL” has already began working, which, together with different European nations, will join Lithuanian system with Ukrainian one. pic.twitter.com/5r7kpFTve6
— Elena Faige Neroba (@ElenaNeroba) May 1, 2022
“This was the primary LNG supply for PGNiG to a regasification facility situated overseas. Because of the Poland-Lithuania fuel pipeline launched in Could this yr, a lot of the cargo delivered to Klaipėda was despatched to [Poland] after regasification, whereas the remaining half was despatched to the market of the Baltic states,” PGNiG stated.
The same fuel hyperlink between Poland and Slovakia is presently below development and is about to be inaugurated quickly, Polish President Andrzej Duda introduced final month. This week, he visited Cairo to debate, amongst different issues, the potential import of LNG from Egypt.
Even earlier than the struggle in Ukraine, Poland had already deliberate to not renew its contract with Russia’s Gazprom, which expires on the finish of this yr. After Russia’s invasion, these plans have been accelerated, with the federal government pledging to finish Russian fuel imports inside six months and oil and coal imports this yr.
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Alicja Ptak is senior editor at Notes from Poland and a multimedia journalist. She beforehand labored for Reuters.