Polskie LNG has announced that it has received approval from the Transportation Technical Supervision to begin cool-down and start-up operations using LNG supplied from Qatar.
In November 2015, the initial pipeline cool-down process was successfully completed. The LNG used was delivered in special cisterns to Swinoujscie, Poland. These tests were carried out to spot any potential deformations or displacement of installation elements exposed to low temperatures. The temperature in certain sections reached as low -150°C.
Final preparatory work at the LNG terminal in Swinoujscie is now being completed before the first methane carrier arrives. The first LNG cargo vessel will arrive at the terminal in December 2015, whilst the second LNG cargo, which will be used for further functional tests, will be supplied to the terminal in early 2016.
Initially, the plant capacity will cover a third of Poland’s annual gas demand, but once it is increased to 7.5 billion m3, the plant will cover 50% of Poland’s annual gas demand. The plant will thus be the only facility of this scale in Central and Eastern Europe.
Edited from press release by David Rowlands
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