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    Poland Slashes Russian Gas Imports

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Poland imported more LNG during the first nine months of the year.

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Poland Slashes Russian Gas Imports

Poland cut imports of Russian gas by 21% in the first nine months of this year to 6.29bn m3, state gas firm PGNiG said on November 14. Russian shipments accounted for 58% of total gas imports during the period, versus 75% a year earlier.

Poland instead received more LNG, with deliveries to its sole import terminal in Swinoujscie expanding 27% yr/yr to 2.48bn m3. LNG’s share of imports climbed to 23% from 18% the year before.

Opened in 2015, Swinsoujscie facility is capable of handling 5bn m3/yr of gas imports, and there is a plan to expand its capacity by 50% by 2021. Poland also intends to construct a second 4bn m3/yr terminal in Gdansk. Both investments are supported by the EU.