Operator says Świnoujście Terminal On Track
Polskie LNG, the Polish state enterprise established to construct and operate the liquefied natural gas terminal in Świnoujście, says it's on track to start building next summer.
Poland signed a deal to build the terminal with a consortium of firms led by Italy's Saipem and construction at Swinoujscie was to start this month.
However, Germany called for a re-evaluation of permits and for Poland to carry out an environmental assessment study under the Espoo Convention, a U.N. treaty that handles cross-border environmental concerns.
Polskie LNG now says all the permits are in place and the project's construction is on time.
The company says nothing is currently standing in the way of the strategic investment, not even the competing Nord Stream pipeline designed to ship Russian gas directly to Germany bypassing Poland.
Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorsky has called Nord Stream, the "Molotov-Ribbentrop pipeline."
The objective of the Swinoujscie terminal is to off-take natural gas in order to lessen dependence on Russian sources of gas, increasing the energy security of Poland.
Source: Warsaw Business Journal