Poland's Gaz-System shortlists MOL, BW LNG for first FSRU
Poland's state-owned energy infrastructure company Gaz-System has shortlisted Japan's MOL and BW LNG, a unit of Singapore-based BW, for the delivery and use of the first FSRU vessel to serve as a regasification terminal in the Gulf of Gdańsk, it said on November 14.
A tender process is still underway to select one supplier from the two shortlisted in the second stage, with which a charter agreement will be signed. Regasification services are planned to start in early 2028.
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Term sheets were signed with two entities selected during the tender procedure. The agreements regulate the terms of the future charterparty, such as the vessel delivery date, the obligations of the parties, the consequences of delayed delivery, and the charter period.
Gaz-System said the implementation of the FSRU project complements the long-term strategy of diversifying its gas supply and building gas security for Poland and the region.
“It constitutes a counterbalance to Russian supplies in the region and provides new opportunities for the economic growth of our country,” said Anna Łukaszewska-Trzeciakowska, Government Plenipotentiary for Strategic Energy Infrastructure.
The FSRU will be capable of regasifying 6.1 billion cubic meters per year of LNG. Gaz-System said it has already signed the agreement covering the entire regasification capacity of the unit.
In addition to the FSRU vessel, the company will also build offshore and onshore infrastructure. The offshore infrastructure will consist mainly of the mooring jetty and the offshore gas pipeline, which will be the responsibility of Gaz-System. The breakwater will be built by the Maritime Office in Gdynia.
The entire planned offshore infrastructure, including the FSRU, will be located about 3 km away from the shore. The FSRU mooring jetty and the breakwater will be located close to the existing approach fairway and within the Port of Gdańsk. The offshore pipeline will allow gas to be transported to the National Transmission Network.
Approximately 250 km of transmission pipelines will be constructed as part of the project to enable the distribution of gas from the Gdańsk area to central Poland. The construction of onshore gas pipelines is expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2024 and the first quarter of 2025.
The commissioning of the entire investment, which has the status of a ‘Project of Community Interest’ with the financial support of the European Commission for pre-investment works for the offshore part of the project, is planned for 2027/2028.