Poland’s sole liquefied natural gas facility in Swinoujscie has received another shipment of LNG as the country is looking to further boost imports of the fuel.
The arrival of Nakilat’s 217,000-cbm Q-Flex LNG carrier Al Gattara on Thursday marks the 95th delivery to the Swinoujscie facility on the Baltic Sea.
The delivery is part of a long-term deal between Poland’s dominant gas firm PGNiG and LNG producing giant Qatargas.
PGNiG is in charge for all the supplies coming to the import terminal operated by Gaz-System’s unit Polskie LNG.
Poland has significantly increased LNG purchases via its terminal in Swinoujscie following PGNiG deals with Qatargas and US player Cheniere.
The move is a part of reducing the country’s decades-old reliance on Russian pipeline gas but also cutting dependence on coal.
Poland’s first LNG terminal in Swinoujscie is currently undergoing a capacity expansion but there are also plans to install a floating storage regasification unit in the Gdansk Bay.
Besides these developments, a consortium by Polish energy company Lotos Group and compatriot gas grid operator Gaz-System announced plans this week to build a small-scale facility in Gdansk.
The terminal would be the first such facility in Poland, which could help increase the use of LNG as a fuel in both maritime and road transport.