Poland adds LPG to planned ban of Russian gas imports

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Poland will give up importing Russian liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), used as fuel in cars and in homes, by the end of the year, Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, has said.

Poland has already announced it will become fully independent from Russian natural gas by the end of 2022 thanks to its expanded LNG terminal and a new gas pipeline from the Norwegian shelf that will become operational later in the year.

"By the end of the year we'll resign from LPG imports and we're preparing the infrastructure and (new) import markets to stop imports from Russia," Mateusz Morawiecki said at a press conference on Thursday.

His statement came in response to a reporter's question as to why the ruling party-dominated lower house rejected on Wednesday the upper house's amendment that sought to ban Russian LPG.

"LPG, or the gas that is used by more than 3 million motorists and also to heat homes, will additionally be subject to the same restrictions that we have suggested to ensure a radical departure from (Russian) hydrocarbons," the prime minister said.

On Wednesday, the parliament passed a law that bans imports to and transit across Poland of Russian coal and coking coal.

According to the Polish Liquid Gas Association (POGP), Russian LPG constituted 65 percent of Poland's total imports of the commodity in 2020, which is roughly half of domestic consumption.