Poland's LNG terminal's capacity to be increased - gov't commissioner

The annual capacity of the LNG terminal in Świnoujście, north-west Poland is to reach 7.5 billion cubic metres of gas, government commissioner for strategic energy infrastructure Piotr Naimski said on Wednesday.

Naimski, addressing a sitting of the Sejm (lower house) Committee for Maritime Economy and Inland Waterways, said that the already in progress development of Poland's only LNG terminal is to be concluded in 2021 and increase the facility's annual capacity to 7.5 billion cubic metres of gas.

Currently, the three-year-old terminal may process up to 5 billion cubic metres of gas shipped to Poland by tankers. Naimski added that a third gas tank, slightly bigger then those already existing, to be built by 2023, will allow raising the terminal's regasification capacity to up to 10 billion cubic metres.

Naimski stressed that the development of the Świnoujście terminal is a very important element of the country's strategy aimed at the diversification of sources and directions of gas supplies to Poland along with the planned construction of a gas pipeline connecting Poland with Norwegian gas deposits via Denmark.

The owner of the Świnoujście terminal is Polskie LNG, a sister company of gas transmission operator Gaz-System. The facility received the first commercial delivery of liquefied natural gas in June 2016.