Polish Briefing 15 February, 2023 7:30 am   
COMMENTS: Joanna Słowińska

Polish Briefing: German LNG terminal on Rügen may harm the Port of Świnoujście

IMG_20221111_135538_693_2-1536×991 Rafineria Schwedt. Picture by Aleksandra Fedorska

What goes on in Poland on the 15th of February.

German LNG terminal on Rügen may harm the Port of Świnoujście

The German company RWE has announced plans to build an offshore gas port in Sellin on the island of Rügen. Locating this LNG terminal on the sea may undermine the development of the third Polish container port in Świnoujście, whose construction is scheduled to begin later this year.

About 4.5-6 kilometers from Sellin an LNG terminal station with four parking spaces may be constructed for the FSRU. A discussion on how this facility will impact Poland erupted on Twitter. It has been pointed out that the terminal will be located only or as many as 6 km away from the navigable channel.

However, the future of the German project has not been determined yet. The Süddeutsche Zeitung and Ostsee Zeitung have reported that both environmentalists, the local tourism industry, as well land politicians are not convinced about the validity of the project.

“According to the mining authority, RWE has announced that it would file documents for the controversial mooring stations by April. Only after a positive approval, will a decision be made on the construction of the pipeline,” according to the head of the mining authority Thomas Triller. The request for approval also provides for the examination of alternatives. Comments on the Sassnitz-Mukran port are also expected, the Ostsee Zeitung reported.

It is also necessary to take into account the voices of German experts who are of the opinion that Germany, which intends to move away from gas as part of its Energiewende, should not build too much expensive gas infrastructure, which in a few years will be unnecessary.