No extension on Russian gas contract: official

Poland has no plans to extend its long-term gas contract with Russian operator Gazprom, the Polish government plenipotentiary for strategic energy infrastructure Piotr Naimski stated on Wednesday.

Mr Naimski said the 2022-expiring contract will not be prolonged as Poland has secured gas supplies from other sources.

The Yamal Contract with Gazprom, sealed in 1996, foresaw annual supplies of 10 billion cubic metres of gas to Poland. Under a Russian-imposed clause Poland is obliged to buy at least 8.7 billion cubic metres of gas annually.

The “Baltic Pipe” project, which will allow gas from Norway and other Western countries to flow into Poland, is about to be launched, and is expected to be fully operational in October 2022. Having opened a LNG gas port in Świnoujście, western Poland, in 2015, the country is also planning to import more cubic meters of gas from the US and the Middle-East.