Polish LNG terminal to start operating in 2015
July 16, 2014
Poland's LNG terminal in northwestern Swinoujscie, will be ready to collect liquefied gas on schedule, that is in 2015, Treasury Minister Wlodzimierz Karpinski told reporters on Tuesday.
"In Q1 next year we will start the technological trial runs which will be completed, we hope, in H1," Karpinski said. "In line with the long-term contracts we will be able to collect liquefied gas in 2015."
The first LNG carrier will reach the terminal at the turn of Q1 and Q2 2015, investor Polskie LNG's CEO Tomasz Peplinski added. Commercial operations will kick off mid-year.
Poland's state natural gas firm PGNiG, which in 2009 signed a contract for LNG supplies from Qatargas in a take or pay formula, is currently at the point of renegotiating the terms of the deal to adjust the timing of the first deliveries to the completion of the terminal, Karpinski also said.
Comments come on the back of fears that Poland faces considerable delays in the construction of the terminal, potentially forcing the country to pay for LNG it won't be able to collect. Delays were mentioned by former deputy Finance Minister Andrzej Parafianowicz in a taped conversation with former Transport Minister Slawomir Nowak, published by the weekly magazine Wprost mid-June in what became an element of to the so-called tape scandal.