Poland has signed contracts worth Zlotys1.9 bill ($483 mill) to expand the Swinoujscie LNG import terminal.
This project will see the terminal handle 8.3 bill cu m per year by 2023, up from the current 5 bill cu m.
An LNG subsidiary of Poland’s gas infrastructure operator Gaz-System and the ports of Szczecin and Swinoujscie recently signed a contract with a consortium involving Porr and TGE Gas Engineering for the expansion project.
According to local sources, Poland sees this facility as a means of reducing the country’s reliance on Russian gas, which still accounts for more than half of its total consumption.
“The terminal gives us the flexibility of receiving gas from different parts of the world,” Piotr Naimski, a Minister responsible for energy infrastructure, told a news conference.
Poland’s state-run gas company PGNiG has already said that it does not plan to extend its long-term gas supply deal with Russia’s Gazprom beyond 2022, when the contract expires.
It plans to replace Russian gas with LNG supplies plus pipeline gas from Norway via a planned gas link.
PGNiG said it expected gas consumption in Poland to increase in the coming years, as gas gradually replaces coal, with which the country uses to produce much of its electricity.
Meanwhile, the Swinoujscie terminal recently welcomed its 100th LNG cargo.
The 90,000 tonnes LNG shipment came from Qatargas on board the LNGC ‘Al-Safliya’.
According to PGNiG CEO, Jerzy Kwiecinski, the 100th shipment was a "symbolic and historical moment", adding that while initially most LNGCs came from Qatar, now Poland will receive increasing volumes of imports under long-term contracts with US suppliers.