Poland's PGNiG plans additional gas deliveries to Ukraine

Majewski noted that the current gas interconnection from Poland to Ukraine allows the transmission of 1.5 billion cubic metres of gas per year. Leszek Szymański/PAP

Polish state-owned gas company PGNiG may provide additional supplies of natural gas to Ukraine as Kyiv is fighting Russian invasion, PGNiG's CEO has announced.

Ukraine, one of the largest gas consumers in Europe, stopped importing gas from Russia in 2015 and buys it in Europe.

"The Ukrainian operator has asked PGNiG for an offer for gas supplies... we are currently discussing additional gas supplies from Poland to Ukraine," Paweł Majewski told reporters on Tuesday but declined to offer details of the trade talks.

He added that PGNiG had been trading gas with Ukraine for several years and recalled that in February PGNiG sold a cargo of US liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Ukraine.

PGNiG's customer in Ukraine is an American-Ukrainian company, ERU Europe, which is going to collect the gas at the interconnection between the Polish and Ukrainian gas systems by the end of March 2022.

Majewski noted that the current gas interconnection from Poland to Ukraine allows the transmission of 1.5 billion cubic metres of gas per year.

"These quantities are not able to meet the needs of Ukraine... which uses around 30 billion cubic meters, of which some 20 billion are obtained from its own extraction," he said.