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By Martin Chomsky

Since the beginning of this year, 5454 tanker trucks carrying liquefied natural gas have left the President Lech Kaczyński LNG terminal. Compared to the whole of 2020, this is an increase of over 60 per cent.

“Liquefied natural gas sales by PGNiG are growing at an increasingly quicker rate, which is proof of the attractiveness of LNG itself and – by extension – our commercial offer. Liquefied natural gas is not only a product, it is also a way to equalise opportunities and provide access to low-emission fuel where the national gas pipeline network does not reach. We are determined to ensure further intensive development of this segment of the gas market,” said Paweł Majewski, Chairman of the Management Board of PGNiG SA.

The liquefied natural gas sold at the Świnoujście terminal comes from supplies delivered to the terminal by LNG tankers, from Qatar and the US. Most of the cargo is subject to re-gasification and is injected in volatile form into transmission pipelines. However, part of it remains in liquefied form, allowing the fuel to be transported by special tankers. In this case, LNG is only re-gasified at the customer’s premises – at production plants, recreational facilities or at stations supplying local gas networks which are not connected to the national grid.

PGNiG launched LNG sales in Świnoujście in April 2016. The first milestone – 5,000 loaded tankers – was reached 41 months later. It took 17 months to reach the next 5,000 and less than 11 months to reach the next 5,000. This shows the growing dynamics of small LNG sales by PGNiG. In total, the 15 thousand road tankers from the President Lech Kaczyński Terminal have delivered 263.5 thousand tonnes of LNG, which after regasification equals 0.3 billion cubic metres of natural gas.

PGNiG offers liquefied natural gas not only at the terminal in Świnoujście. The company itself produces LNG at plants in Odolanów and Grodzisk Wielkopolski. It also offers it in the LNG reloading station located in the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda. PGNiG has been the sole user of the station since April 2020. The installation serves both customers in the Baltic countries and in Poland. LNG is delivered to the reloading station by ships. PGNiG has so far received 10 deliveries in Klaipeda.