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Polish Briefing 19 April, 2018 9:00 am   
Editorial staff

Polish Briefing: Will combined Orlen and Lotos challenge PGNiG? Raw material policy will help

What goes on in Poland on the 19th of April.

Will combined Orlen and Lotos challenge PGNiG? Raw material policy will help

The President of Orlen Upstream reveals the bold mining plans of the group. General mining in Poland may be intensified by the relevant raw materials policy of the state, for example in the area of ​​obtaining geological information.

– We extract about one-sixth of what PGNiG is currently extracting. We extract about 17-18 thousand barrels of crude oil equivalent daily. We are almost equal to Lotos and when we connect with it, we will be a serious competitor of PGNiG – said Janusz Radomski, president of Orlen Upstream, during the conference “State’s raw materials policy. Wealth and sustainable development. ” This event is part of the public consultation on raw materials policy proposed by the Ministry of the Environment organized by Deputy Minister Mariusz Orion-Jędrysek.

– We also produce in Alberta. The first LNG terminal in Canada will not be built until 2023. We have a more business approach there – said Radomski. – Good conditions in Canada are provided by the appropriate system. Perhaps this should be the Polish Geological Agency. Last year we drilled 20 holes. The geological information is reliable and easily accessible. There is no risk of drilling there. In Poland, we have a profitability of one in three wells. In Canada, we have reached one hundred percent – said the manager.

– If the state facilitates access to geological information, it may have a decisive influence on speeding up drilling – he added.

Węglokoks: We import coal because it is ordered by the power industry

According to the domestic importer of coal, import of this resource from abroad is growing for a simple reason: such orders are made by the power industry. Does this mean that there are no species needed in this sector in Poland?

Artur Bartoszewicz, vice-president of Węglokoks, reminded that his company deals in importing and exporting coal. – Our Capital Group is looking for a new role. We want to be an entity responsible for trade – pointed out during the conference “State’s raw material policy. Wealth and sustainable development. ” This event is part of the public consultation on raw materials policy proposed by the Ministry of the Environment organized by Deputy Minister Mariusz Orion-Jędrysek.

– We look at it primarily in business – he admitted. – Imports will certainly also affect the sea. We observed growth in the third and fourth quarters of last year. If in the last five years, imports amounted to 10 million tons of coal, if the last year showed an increase to 13 million and this trend will continue, many port entities will have to adapt to the new capacity – said Bartoszewicz.

– Węglokoks is not exactly the addressee of the coal source question. We are not a producer – he added. He noted that Węglokoks Kraj is an exception that is doing well on the domestic market, which is the main goal of sales. – The situation is changing. Imports grow because this is the demand and its satisfaction is our task. Coal has various parameters that professional energy needs. We import coal from the USA with a different content for specific orders for energy – he concluded.