Poland soon to be independent in terms of gas: president

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has marked the signing of the funding agreement for the extension of the Baltic’s coastal Świnoujście LNG Terminal, saying that Poland is soon not only to be fully sovereign in terms of gas import but will also be able to bring this type of security into neighbouring states.

Speaking at Wednesday’s ceremony, President Duda recalled late President Lech Kaczyński’s words uttered during the 2006 National Security Council. On that day President Kaczyński “presented his idea to create conditions ensuring Poland’s genuine energy sovereignty in terms of gas import.” One of such conditions was the LNG terminal.

“Today, all of Lech Kaczyński’s presidential plans are partially already fulfilled and being carried out. Today, we stand by a terminal that bears his name… a terminal that will be expanded, one that will be capable of receiving not only 5 bln cubic meters of gas per year but soon, hopefully when the investment we talk about here today is completed, it will receive first 7.5 bln and eventually over 10 bln cubic meters,” stressed President Duda.

Poland’s President added that the preparatory works for the construction of a pipeline that will transport gas from the Norwegian shelf to Poland are at an advanced stage.

“This means that Poland will soon not only be fully sovereign in terms of gas import but also will be able to bring this type of security onto neighbouring states,” said President Duda, referring to Ukraine and the Czech Republic.

The current terminal in the northwestern city of Świnoujście boasts the highest level of exploitation out of 22 European land-based gas processing terminals at 60 percent of gas processing power. The average gas processing power of most European gas processing terminals amounts to around 30 percent.

The extension of the LNG terminal rests on four pillars. Firstly, the gas processing power of the already existing terminal will be increased from 5 to 7.5 bln cubic meters. Secondly, a second pier dedicated to smaller vessels will be constructed. Thirdly, a third LNG container with a capacity of 180,000 cubic meters is to be constructed. Finally, a railroad siding for the reloading of the liquified gas onto rail tankers and ISO containers will be established.