: Poland may become a new European gas supplier

16:34 Apr. 29, 2016

Poland may become a new European gas supplier

As Poland seeks to diversify its energy sources, the giant LNG ship Al Nuaman with 200, 000 cubic meters of liquefied gas, arrives in the Baltic port of Swinoujscie, Poland, on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. (AP photo)

Officials insist channel capacity of the LNG terminal be increased

Poland may become a new alternative gas supplier in the region, says Piotr Naimski, Polish government's energy security advisor. To fully fulfil the task, the country needs a third gas supply direction. It could possibly be Norway since the gas corridor with Scandinavia is likely to complete the already existing LNG terminal at the sea port of Świnoujście in north-western Poland.

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Naimski claims Poland's current gas transmission system is ready to accept the liquefied natural gas from the LNG terminal in Świnoujście, as well as distribute energy fuel further in the region. Ukraine has big chances to buy Polish gas, says the official, since building an additional interconnector with Ukraine will increase the supply volumes up to 7 billion cubic metres. Apart from cooperating with Kyiv, Warsaw hopes to sell gas to Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Lithuania.

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Currently, the LNG-terminal allows up to 5 billion cubic metres. One more depository to establish, says the official, and the channel capacity will rise up to 7,5 billion cubic metres.

Along with gaining new clients for its liquefied natural gas, Poland strives to ease its own, as well as overall reliance on Russian energy sources. At the moment, the country gets nearly 3 billion cubic metres of Russian gas from Yamal-Europe pipeline. The tube transports fuel from north-western Siberia to the West. Poland, however, does not get a single dollar for being a transit station for Russian energy sources, thus, it is eagerly awaiting the agreement to end in 2022.

Having diversified gas supply sources, stresses Naimski, Warsaw will get a chance to speculate on the prices of Russian fuel since multiple substitute sources are set to emerge.

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