Poland’s Orlen books Gdansk FSRU capacity

Poland’s Orlen has booked 6.1 bcm per year of regasification capacity at Gaz-System’s planned FSRU-based LNG import facility in Gdansk.

The two firms signed the capacity agreement on August 18.

Orlen, previously known as PKN Orlen, is already in charge for all of the supplies coming to Gaz System’s LNG import terminal in Swinoujscie, Poland’s first such facility, via PGNiG.

Orlen completed in November last year its merger with Poland’s dominant gas firm, PGNiG.

Prior to that, PGNiG placed an order to book regasification capacity at Gaz-System’s planned FSRU-based LNG terminal in Gdansk Bay under the first phase of the open season procedure.

Orlen said on Friday that the capacity reservation agreement, entered into within the framework of the open season procedure carried out by Gaz-System, is for a period of 15 years.

The firm booked all of the available capacity offered by Gaz-System.

According to Orlen, it will be able to unload up to 58 shipments of LNG per year at the FSRU-based terminal.

Together with the already operational LNG terminal in Swinoujscie, this will enable the firm to receive all the LNG supplied under its previously signed long-term contracts which total almost 14 bcm of gas.

This includes the 20-year deal Orlen signed earlier this year with Sempra Infrastructure for volumes from the latter’s Port Arthur LNG project in Texas.

“Advanced design stage”

Gaz-System said in a separate statement that the FSRU terminal in Gdansk is currently at an “advanced design stage”.

In July, the firm completed the process of obtaining administrative decisions for all three onshore gas pipeline projects implemented as part of the FSRU project.

Gaz-System expects the construction of these connections to start in 2024.

As part of the offshore part of the FSRU project, the pending works include the design of a mooring berth for the FSRU-based terminal together with the offshore section of the gas pipeline, which will run on the sea bed in the Gulf of Gdansk.

Gaz-System plans to launch the project, backed by the EU, on January 1, 2028.

Besides this FSRU, the company recently launched a binding season for capacity bookings at the planned second FSRU as part of the LNG import project in Gdansk Bay.

The first FSRU will have a capacity of 6.1 bcm, while the second unit will have a capacity of 4.5 bcm per year.

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