Polish Briefing 25 July, 2019 10:00 am   
COMMENTS: Mateusz Gibała

Polish Briefing: A decision on a new FSRU has been made. New head of ERO has been elected

What goes on in Poland on the 25th of July.

A decision on a new FSRU has been made. It is not known whether PGNiG will buy gas carriers

The Government Plenipotentiary for strategic energy infrastructure, Piotr Naimski, said that the decision to bring the “second LNG terminal” (FSRU) to the Gulf of Gdansk has been made. However, he did not make clear whether PGNiG would buy gas carriers for the needs of growing LNG trade.

– There is a decision about building a floating regasification unit FSRU in Gdansk. Gaz-System runs this investment. It is planned to launch this entry into the Polish system in 2025. To be able to do this, you need to build a fairly long section of the transmission gas pipeline, which will connect this unit with the Polish transmission system and this is an investment that limits the time of commissioning this FSRU for use. This strategic decision and investment is already announced.

Naimski was asked if the development of LNG trade using a number of PGNiG contracts would convince the company to purchase its own fleet of liquefied gas tankers. – You need to look into PGNiG’s strategy – said Piotr Naimski. He reminded that the purchase portfolio of this company is divided into two parts. Some of them will make LNG go to Świnoujście, but others will allow PGNiG to join the global market. He did not decide whether PGNiG would need its own gas carriers for this.

New head of ERO has been elected

A chairman of the Energy Regulatory Office has been elected. The Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland has appointed a former employee of this office Rafał Gawin to this position.

– Minister of Energy, Krzysztof Tchórzewski, on behalf of the Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, presented Rafał Gawin with the nomination for the position of the President of the Energy Regulatory Office. At the same time, the minister thanked Maciej Bando for his work so far – said the Ministry of Energy on Twitter.

Until now, he was the Deputy Director of the Department of Market and Consumer Affairs Department at the Energy Regulatory Office. At the end of June, the Chancellery of the Prime Minister announced a new, second competition for the president of the Energy Regulatory Office. On July 8, the deadline for submitting candidates for the President of the Energy Regulatory Office has passed. Earlier, during the second competition none of the submitted were selected. The term of office of the current president, Maciej Bando, expired at the beginning of June – it lasted until the successor was chosen, that is to this day.