Swinoujscie terminal receives 100th LNG shipment

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The Swinoujscie gas terminal in north-western Poland received its 100th liquefied natural gas cargo on Friday. The 90,000 tonnes LNG shipment came from Qatar Liquefied Gas Company Limited (Qatargas) aboard the Al-Safliya LNG tanker.

President Andrzej Duda, in a letter read out during the unloading ceremony, congratulated the Polish Oil and Gas company PGNiG, the Gaz-System operator and contracting parties of LNG supplies to Swinoujscie, and expressed his hope that "it is an announcement of Poland's evermore successful and spectacular economic successes."

According to Duda, the Swinoujscie gas terminal "co-creates an economic order in the region, strengthening the potential and cooperation of EU countries." "The Three Seas initiative (a project that focuses on cross-border infrastructural cooperation of countries located between the Baltic, Black and Adriatic Seas - PAP) is an element of this order," he added.

Sejm lower house Speaker Elzbieta Witek, present at the ceremony pointed to the fact that the idea of Swinoujscie LNG terminal was born in the years 2005-2207 under the Law and Justice government and the late President Lech Kaczynski, "out of a great need for energy security."

According to the Polish government's commissioner for strategic energy infrastructure, Piotr Naimski, the hundredth shipment is a sign that Poland's strategy for energy security "is turning into reality."

Maritime Economy Minister Marek Grobarczyk said that under a deal signed on June 24, the Swinoujscie terminal will be expanded to increase its regasification capacity. The contract involves the construction of a third LNG tank, a second loading/unloading berth and infrastructure to bunker and load LNG on to ships.

In the opinion of PGNiG CEO Jerzy Kwiecinski, the hundredth shipment of liquefied gas to the LNG terminal in Swinoujscie is a "symbolic and historical moment", adding that while initially most tankers came from Qatar, now Poland will receive increasing volumes of LNG imports under long-term contracts with US suppliers.

The Swinoujscie LNG terminal is one of Poland's biggest energy investments. Decisions about its construction fell in 2006, the cornerstone under the project was laid in March 2011. The investment was completed in 2015 and became operational in 2016.