GAS 16 March, 2023 9:00 am   
COMMENTS: Joanna Słowińska

E23: PL FOR UA Conference

PGE-Narodowy PGE National Stadium Picture by PGE

The E23: PL FOR UA conference about the Polish-Ukrainian energy partnership launched at the PGE National Stadium on 15 March. The guests include Poland’s PM Mateusz Morawiecki, ministers from both countries and representatives of state-owned energy companies. The event is organized by Gaz-System, PSE, PERN and Polish Nuclear Power Plants. participated in the conference and collected the most important highlights from the event.

Poland wants to deliver oil and gas to Ukraine, Hungary, Slovakia and Czechia

“Today we have an advanced project to place a floating gas port in the Gulf of Gdańsk, along with all the gas pipelines needed to distribute this gas across Poland, and perhaps to other countries in Central Europe,” said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
“We are in advanced talks about the Stork II gas pipeline to the Czech Republic,” Morawiecki said. He also spoke about the expansion of the Naftoport in Gdańsk. “Our partners from Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, as well as Hungary will be able to use this infrastructure.  We are already expanding the national oil and gas transmission network, and we are planning to build Stork II with the Czech Republic,” he said.

“We can make the whole region independent of the Russian mir. This is why Poland is actively building a new energy order in Europe. Our ties in the south and north have never been so strong. We are united not only by business, but by good energy and love for freedom. After Ukraine’s victory in the war, new prospects will open up for our region,” Morawiecki said. “We have been already invited to joint mining and exploration projects in Ukraine. Such projects are possible. The talks also concern gas exploration in western Ukraine,” he revealed.

“Our plan is to become a gas hub in Central and Eastern Europe,” Morawiecki said. “Perhaps Germany had such a plan based on gas from Russia. It collapsed like a house of cards. Our plan is based on gas pipelines and plans to build modern nuclear power in the future. This plan can make us all a provider of energy security in the region,” he encouraged the participants.

Poles invite Ukrainians to build a nuclear hub with the United States

Poles are talking about the construction of a nuclear education hub in cooperation with the Americans. They are counting on the involvement of experts from Ukraine.

“Ukraine has experts who could be involved in this work,” said Climate Minister Anna Moskwa during the conference.

Poland wants to have the first AP1000 reactor from Westinghouse in 2033. An agreement on the terms of cooperation in this area is expected to be signed in 2023. There is no financial model yet. Westinghouse has a nuclear Competence Center in Kraków. It intends to develop it in order to implement projects throughout Central and Eastern Europe, including in Ukraine.

Poland and Ukraine discuss Odessa-Brody-Gdańsk oil pipeline

The Odessa-Brody-Gdańsk oil pipeline is back on the agenda between Poland and Ukraine.

“We held meetings last year and will discuss the implementation of this project,” said Ukrtransnafta CEO Volodymyr Tsependa at the energy conference.

The Odessa-Brody-Gdańsk pipeline is a project to supply Caspian oil through the Black Sea and Ukraine to Poland, which in the current circumstances could be used to import oil by the Dnieper after Ukraine’s refining sector had been decimated by Russia’s missile strikes. However, it requires the construction of several dozen km of oil pipelines from Brody in Ukraine to Poland. The Sarmatia company has been managing this project since the beginning of the 21st century.

Gas-System can transmit to Ukraine an additional 3 bcm of LNG a year from a FSRU

President of Gaz-System Marcin Chludziński said that Ukraine imported through Poland about 1.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually. This amount may increase thanks to a FSRU in the Gdańsk Bay.

“We are in talks with our southern neighbors. The open season procedure will be launched soon,” Chludziński said during the conference. “There is also the possibility of cooperation with Ukraine in the context of providing and receiving gas from FSRU units through our infrastructure. Hence the procedure for a possible increase in the capacity of the FSRU by 3 billion cubic meters a year,” he said.

The FSRU in the Gulf of Gdańsk is expected to arrive in 2026-2027 and provide from 6 to 10 billion cubic meters of LNG. The Poles are also discussing the development of supplies to Ukraine thanks to a new gas pipeline, about which has reported previously.

“Perhaps we could seek this together in the European Union,” said vice-president of Gas TSO of Ukraine in the context of financing the Poland-Ukraine gas pipeline. He spoke about the possibility of greater use of gas storage by the Dnieper by Poles.

Gaz-System and GTSOU in talks about closer cooperation has learned that in result of talks during the E23 conference the Poland-Ukraine gas pipeline project could be renewed. It is a new gas connection between the two countries with a potential capacity of 9 bcm a year. It is waiting for a decision on the Ukrainian side. Due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the pipe could be used to increase gas supply via Poland to Ukraine, for instance from the LNG terminal in Świnoujście or the planned FSRU in the Gdańsk Bay.