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Polish Briefing 29 April, 2022 7:30 am   
Editorial staff

Polish Briefing: The Poland-Lithuania gas pipeline to be launched on May 1st | Poland is safe in terms of the supply of energy resources

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What goes on in Poland on the 28th of April.

The Poland-Lithuania gas pipeline to be launched on May 1st

On May 1, a gas pipeline connection between Poland and Lithuania will be launched. At the beginning of May, the first fuel will be delivered by PGNiG via the terminal in Klaipeda. The Lithuanian Minister of Energy assures that Lithuania will support Poland in gas supplies.

The Lithuanian Minister of Energy stressed that the lack of gas supplies for Poland would not be significantly felt. The departure from this raw material may even turn out to be painless, as Poland is relatively well secured in terms of giving up gas from Russia.

– First, Poland has already sufficiently filled its underground warehouses. Secondly, Poland has an LNG terminal and gas consumption is currently low. Thirdly, in October, the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline will be opened, which will import most of the gas it needs from Norway, said Dainius Kreivys.

The Lithuanian Minister of Energy assured that Lithuania will support Poland in gas supplies, but the support will also depend on the situation in Latvia and Estonia. – If we see that the situation in Latvia and Estonia is not difficult, we will also help Poland. From the point of view of solidarity, if Poland needs gas, it will go to Poland, added Kreivys.

Government: Poland is safe in terms of the supply of energy resources

During the Wednesday session of the Sejm, Jacek Sasin presented to the deputies information related to the energy security of the Republic of Poland. – There is no risk of interrupting or limiting gas supplies to domestic recipients, both individual and industrial recipients – said the Minister of State Assets.

On April 27, Gazprom suspended gas supplies to Poland in connection with the provisions of the Russian President’s decree “on a special procedure for fulfilling obligations of foreign buyers towards Russian natural gas suppliers”. The aforementioned decree requires the payment for the raw material in rubles. As emphasized by the deputy prime minister, the current Yamal contract specifies the payment in dollars, which was practiced throughout the term of the contract.

– In no case did PGNIG or the government take into account the change in the form of payment, because this decree does not apply to us – said Sasin. The deputy minister also mentioned that on April 26, PGNiG received a letter from Gazprom, in which there were threats to suspend the gas. – The threat was fulfilled and today this gas does not flow to Poland from the morning hours – added Jacek Sasin.