Poland’s PGNiG received six liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes in May at the President Lech Kaczyński terminal, in Świnoujście, which marks a new record on a monthly basis. The increased monthly deliveries are due to the intensification of LNG imports aiming to strengthen the country’s energy security.
PGNiG is in charge of all the supplies coming to the Swinoujscie import terminal operated by Gaz-System. The facility receives cargoes under PGNiG’s long-term deals with Qatargas and Cheniere, and the spot market.
Today marks the sixth delivery that PGiNG received in May as LNG tanker Gaslog Westminster reached the terminal in Świnoujście, bringing 73,000 tonnes of LNG (100 million cubic meters after regasification) from the US to Poland.
The total volume of May deliveries amounted to 0.45 million tonnes of LNG, which translates to 620 million cubic meters of natural gas after regasification.
Since the beginning of the year, PGNiG has received 20 cargoes of liquefied natural gas in Świnoujście in total. This is one-third more than in the same period last year.
Increasing LNG imports is a response to the tense situation in the gas market as a result of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and restrictions on fuel supplies from the East.
Russian energy giant Gazprom halted gas supplies to Poland over a failure to pay for gas in rubles at the end of April.
The growth of LNG imports is possible due to the expansion of the facility in Świnoujście, where the firm has booked a regasification capacity of 6.2 billion cubic meters per year since this year, 1.2 billion cubic meters more than before.
In addition to six deliveries to Świnoujście, in May PGNiG also received a cargo of LNG at the Klaipeda terminal in Lithuania. As the Poland-Lithuania gas pipeline was launched in May, PGNiG could import its first cargo of LNG via the Klaipeida FSRU.