First LNG delivery this year
Since the first delivery in December 2015, over 2 million cubic metres of liquefied natural gas have been delivered to the Lech Kaczyński LNG Terminal. On Saturday, 21 January, another ship transporting LNG arrived to Świnoujście.
This was the eleventh LNG delivery to Poland and the first in 2017. A 320 metre long and 50 metre wide ship carried over 210 thousand cubic metres of LNG.
The majority of liquefied gas is regasified, i.e. its physical state is changed from liquid to gaseous in the terminal and then over 120 million of normal cubic metres of natural gas is transferred to the national gas transmission system.
— After metering at the measurement station, the gas is transferred dirrectly to the Świnoujście-Szczecin pipeline, then sent to the remaining transmission infrastructure of the GAZ-SYSTEM company, and finally to the clients — explains Tomasz Pietrasieński, GAZ-SYSTEM spokesperson.
The gas can be also transported (in liquid state) by tankers. Currently, between 5 and 12 tankers arrive to Świnoujście every day.
Tankers are loaded according to previously agreed schedules. Average loading time is circa 2 hours, including necessary checks of tanks and tractor units and preparation of documents required by law — says Tomasz Pietrasieński.
Another ship with LNG will arrive to Świnoujście next month.
Gas Transmission Operator GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. is a strategic company for the Polish economy, responsible for the transmission of natural gas and the management of the most important gas pipelines in Poland. GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. is also the owner of Polskie LNG S.A., a company established to build the Świnoujście LNG terminal.
As part of its 2015-2025 investment scheme, GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. is planning to build over 2,000 km of new gas lines in western, southern and eastern Poland. Further expansion of the domestic transmission system, including construction of new gas pipelines being part of the North-South Gas Corridor, as well as construction of interconnections with Lithuania, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, will enhance Poland’s energy security and contribute considerably to the development of the European transmission system.
In 2009-2015, GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. completed an investment plan consisting in the construction of over 1,200 km of new gas transmission lines in north-western and central Poland. The projects implemented by the company and the physical and virtual reversal on the Yamal pipeline have translated into a significant increase in technical import opportunities on routes other than from the East.