The first LNG cargo arrived at Poland’s new LNG receiving terminal in Swinoujscie on Friday, marking a major milestone in Poland’s effort to diversify its gas supply sources and reduce its dependence on Russia.
The 210,000 cubic meters of LNG arrived aboard the Qatargas-charted Q-Flex vessel Al-Nuaman and was delivered to the Swinoujscie LNG Receiving Terminal.
The cargo is the first of two planned cargoes that will be supplied by Qatargas for the cool-down and commissioning of the Polish LNG Receiving Terminal. The second cargo is expected in February 2016, with commercial operations planned to take place in the second quarter of 2016.
The Swinoujscie LNG Receiving Terminal is designed to receive, regasify and deliver even 5.0 billion cubic meters of gas per year into the Polish transfer system.
Qatargas will deliver one million tons of LNG to the Receiving Terminal in Swinoujscie annually under a 20-year Contract with PGNiG (Polish Oil & Gas).
The Swinoujscie LNG Receiving Terminal project consists of a new 3-kilometer long breakwater, an unloading jetty with one berth that will be able to unload methane carriers with the capacity ranging from 120,000 cubic meters to 217,000 cubic meters; two LNG storage cryogenic tanks (each with the capacity of 160,000 cubic meters); regasification facilities and an 85-km pipeline joining the Receiving Terminal with the Polish gas grid.
LNG Receiving Terminal in Swinoujscie is the only facility of its size in the Northern and Central-Eastern Europe.