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03.07.2020

Celebrating 100th delivery of liquefied gas to the LNG Terminal in Świnoujście

President Lech Kaczyński LNG Terminal in Świnoujście, which belongs to GAZ-SYSTEM Capital Group, celebrated the arrival of the 100th vessel with liquefied natural gas from Qatar. 

Al Safliya, the methane carrier commissioned by PGNiG, delivered about 90 thousand tonnes of LNG from Qatargas on Friday, 3 July 2020. After regasification, this is the equivalent of approximately 120 million cubic metres of natural gas.


- The commissioning of the LNG Terminal in Świnoujście in 2016 made it possible to really start the process of reducing Poland's dependence on the Russian supplier that defends its monopolistic position.  Owing to the initiative and determination of President Lech Kaczyński, the project to build a gas port was made possible. Baltic Pipe and North-South Corridor are other elements of our country's energy security.   These investments enable the Polish government to pursue its strategy of energy sovereignty and security of supply. Diversification of gas supply directions and sources will facilitate Poland’s leading role in our region of Europe, enhancing the security of our neighbours and supporting the market development in Central Europe. What better proof than today’s celebration of the 100th LNG delivery - said Piotr Naimski, Secretary of State in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, the Government Plenipotentiary for Strategic Energy Infrastructure.

- Today's hundredth delivery of liquefied gas to Poland is the confirmation that the President Lech Kaczyński LNG Terminal plays a very important role in creating a competitive gas market. For several years we have been observing a dynamic growth of interest in LNG, therefore we are in the process of expanding the capacity of the Terminal from its current 5 bcm to 8.3 bcm annually. Today's celebration of the 100th delivery wouldn’t have been possible if not for the commitment and professionalism of the Terminal staff, for which I would like to express my sincere thanks - said Krzysztof Jackowski, Vice President of GAZ-SYSTEM and Polskie LNG.

- LNG imports are one of the pillars of our diversification strategy, which strengthens Poland's energy security. Year by year, more and more LNG is coming to our country, and in the coming years this import will increase even more significantly. That is why we have reserved additional regasification capacities at the Świnoujście terminal, whose operator is an excellent partner of ours, similarly to our trading partners, delivering liquefied gas - said Jerzy Kwieciński, President of PGNiG Management Board.


 

The first commercial delivery of liquefied gas landed in June 2016. Since then, the number of deliveries, as well as their volume, has gradually increased year by year. Of one hundred shipments to date, 67 originated in Qatar, 21 in the US and 11 in Norway. In March 2020 one delivery of LNG originated in Trinidad and Tobago. In more than four years, the total volume of natural gas imported in this way amounted to approximately 11 billion cubic meters. 

The current capacity of the President Lech Kaczyński LNG Terminal is 5 bcm per annum, which covers approximately a quarter of the demand for gas in Poland.  GAZ-SYSTEM Capital Group chose to expand the gas port in response to market needs. Following the installation of two additional regasification units and the construction of another tank and a second jetty, the functionality of the facility and the scope of services provided will increase. The commercial capacity to transmit gas from the Terminal to the national transmission network will reach 8.3 bcm per annum as of 2024.

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