“Polskie LNG”, the operator of the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal in the sea port of Świnoujście, signed a contract on Monday for the design and installation of new regasification units at the terminal as part of the gas port's regasification capacity enhancement.
The contractor for the project of building out SCV (submerged Combustion Vaporizer) regasification units is a consortium of PORR and TGE Gas Engineering and the contract covers the design and installation of regasification units and cryogenic pumps. The value of the deal was not specified.
The investment is a part of a project that will increase the terminal's regasification capacity from 5 billion to 7.5 billion cubic metres a year. The contract for delivering the SCV units themselves to Polskie LNG - a sister company of national gas transmission firm Gaz-System - was signed in October 2019 with the Selas-Linde company.
Regasification is the process of returning LNG from a liquid to gas state, in which it can be injected into the gas transmission system.
Minister for State Assets Jacek Sasin said before Monday's signing that Poland has been consistently building its energy independence, “an important part of which is diversifying deliveries of gas to Poland”.
The building out of the Świnoujście LNG Terminal and other investments, such as the Baltic Pipe project bringing Norwegian gas to Poland via Denmark, together with the extraction of Poland's own gas reserves make it possible to consider independence from Russian supplies. Jacek Sasin called the agreement “a breakthrough” in this field.
"This investment should free Poles from fears and questions as to whether someone will someday turn off the gas tap," he added.