Polish Briefing 14 August, 2018 9:00 am   
COMMENTS: Mateusz Gibała

Polish Briefing: The president flies for LNG to Antipodes

What goes on in Poland on the 14th of August.

The president flies for LNG to Antipodes

In mid-August, President Andrzej Duda will visit Australia and New Zealand. One of the topics of the talks is to diversify the sources of LNG supplies to Poland. The president is to be accompanied by representatives of min. Gaz-System, Polskie LNG and PGNiG.

– One of the elements of the visit will be the Polish-Australian energy forum, which can be called the energy summit Poland-Australia. The largest Polish energy companies, PGNiG, Gaz-System, Polskie LNG, JSW, Węglokoks and the Polish Geological Institute, will take part in the event. On the Australian side, their counterparts – said the head of the office of the President Krzysztof Szczerski.

The president’s minister announced that Polish companies have a number of common economic interests with Australia. – It should be remembered that Australians are a partner in the installation of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline. Australia will soon become one of the largest, if not the largest LNG exporter. Diversification of LNG supply sources will be one of the topics of these talks – said Minister Szczerski.

Lithuanians extend the tender for the construction of a gas pipeline with Poland

The Lithuanian transmission network operator Amber Grid extended the deadline for the international tender for the construction of the Poland-Lithuania interconnector (GIPL).

The tender began in July, and the company announced that it will be extended until August 22, and the winner will be announced at the beginning of next year. Amber Grid also announced that the construction will start in the second quarter of next year, after all international procedures are completed.

Amber Grid is a partner of the Polish Gaz-System, with whom it signed an agreement on the merger of systems in May, which was the last required approval for construction. The costs of GIPL are estimated at EUR 560 million, of which 136 million will be issued by Lithuania, on the territory of which will be 165 kilometers of gas pipeline. The project is to be completed by the end of 2021 at the latest.