The Świnoujscie LNG terminal in northern Poland is ready to receive its first shipment of gas, with a tanker leaving Qatar on its way to Poland.
The tanker carrying LNG left Qatar-based Ras Laffan port on last Friday and is heading to the LNG terminal. The vessel is to reach the Polish port on December 11.
Over 200,000 cubic meters of fuel will be transpoerted to Poland by Qatargas. Just a few days ago, PAP reported that following an audit of the terminal in Świnoujście, the Qatar-based company has confirmed that the facility is ready to receive the first batch of liquefied gas in mid-December.
The terminal, one of the largest Polish energy investments in recent years, was officially opened in September by the then prime minister, Ewa Kopacz.
Świnoujście LNG terminal is a liquefied natural gas import terminal, which features an unloading jetty for large LNG tankers, two storage tanks and a regasification train. The terminal’s initial regasification capacity will be 5 billion cubic meters per annum.
The USD940m project has initial regasification capacity of 2.04 million tonnes a year (mta), enough to meet a third of Poland’s annual gas needs.
The terminal operator Polskie LNG expects the terminal to reach full utilisation in 2018, once cross-border infrastructure is in place.
Meanwhile, Poland may consider building a second liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on the Baltic Sea to increase its energy security, Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said.
"Energy security means preserving coal as an energy source," Szydlo said.