Poland receives shipment of LNG from US
PR dla Zagranicy
A shipment carrying Poland’s first ever liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States has been received at the Świnoujście LNG terminal in northwestern Poland.
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło accepts an LNG delivery from the US. Photo: Twitter.com/pisorgpl.
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło and representatives from Polish and US energy companies PGNiG and Cheniere Energy attended the "historic" gas delivery.
Chief Economist at BPS TFI, Krzysztof Wołowicz, said that the one-off delivery of gas from the US is Poland’s next step in increasing energy security and lowering future gas prices.
He added that more diverse supplies of gas to Poland can be a bargaining tool when Poland renegotiates its deal with Russia in a few years.
Wojciech Jakóbik of the biznesalert.pl website said that Poland’s gas terminal, opened in late 2015, will mean Russia will have to make an effort to remain active on the Polish gas market.
Polish gas monopoly PGNiG’s deputy CEO Maciej Woźniak said changes are afoot on the energy resources market in Central and Eastern Europe.
“Deliveries to our port indicate that Poland can broaden supplies to other countries in our part of the continent,” Woźniak said. “This gives us a boost on the gas distribution market”.
PGNiG said the deal with America’s Cheniere Energy, signed in April, had “good, attractive conditions” but has declined to reveal the cost or volume of the shipment. (vb/rg)