Polish Briefing 13 May, 2020 9:00 am   
COMMENTS: Mateusz Gibała

Polish Briefing: Poland has implemented the Gas Directive

What goes on in Poland on the 13th of May.

Poland has implemented a gas directive to subjugate Nord Stream 2

On May 13, 2020, the Act amending the Act – Energy Law and the act on the promotion of electricity from high-efficiency cogeneration, adopted unanimously in the Sejm and Senate, comes into force. It introduces the provisions of the revised gas directive into Polish law. The amended Act aims to implement into the Polish legal order the provisions of the amended Gas Directive, adopted after two years of efforts by the coalition of member states built by the Polish Government. Climate Minister Michał Kurtyka argues that the adopted changes allow the use of gas pipelines from third countries (e.g. disputed Nord Stream 2) the most important pillars of EU law.- This means the end of preferential treatment of gas infrastructure from third countries and its functioning in legal vacuum – said Michał Kurtyka in the Ministry’s announcement.

The next stage of expansion of the oil terminal in Gdańsk will soon be completed

As part of the expansion of the offshore oil terminal in Gdansk, four oil tanks, including three with a capacity of 100,000 cubic meters each and one with a capacity of 45 thousand cubic meters, will be commissioned in October 2020 – said PERN, the operator of this infrastructure. PERN also announced that the last tank, i.e. the fifth with a capacity of 45 thousand cubic meters, will be finished in August 2021. The operator answered the questions of the Polish Press Agency and reminded that the project to expand the oil terminal in Gdansk began in early 2019 and involves the construction of five oil tanks with a total capacity of 390 thousand cubic meters currently, the facility, the largest of its kind in Poland, used for storing and mixing crude oil, has six tanks, each with a capacity of 62.5 thousand cubic meters and associated infrastructure, such as pipelines.