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Swinoujscie LNG terminal granted operating permit

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The Voivode of the Zachodniopomorskie Voivodeship recently issued an operating permit for the Swinoujscie LNG Terminal. Gaz-System S.A. has described the decision as a crucial step in the final preparations of the LNG terminal for commercial use. The key operating tests in the LNG terminal have also been completed.

A statement from gas transmission operator, Gaz-System, said: “The operating permit, together with acceptance of the system from the General Project Contractor and receipt of the other administrative decisions, will open way to commissioning of the most important gas system project in many years. The terminal will enable Poland to buy gas anywhere in the world and to collect the supplies from directions other than the east.”

The LNG terminal has a regasification capacity of 5 billion m3, which covers one-third of the demand of the Polish economy. A possible expansion of the regasification capacity to 7.5 billion m3 is currently under consideration.

Gaz-System’s statement continued: “The expansion of transmission pipelines, especially connections with other gas systems in Europe, will enhance the energy security in our region and lead to actual diversification of gas supply sources. Moreover, the completion of the project in Swinoujscie and access to the global LNG market creates many trading opportunities for Poland in the area of natural gas, and may significantly strengthen its position on the European market.”

In addition to Gaz-System, three other entities are engaged in the project: Polskie LNG S.A., the Maritime Authority in Szczecin and the Szczecin and Swinoujscie Seaports Authority (Zarzad Morskich Portów Szczecin i Swinoujscie S.A.).

Steps have been taken to formally appoint the LNG terminal operator, obtaining the license and tariff. Consultations with market participants regarding the Terminal Operation Manual (TOM) began on 21 April 2016 and will last until 9 May 2016. After these activities are completed, the system will be ready for receiving commercial LNG supplies. The first delivery is scheduled for mid-July 2016.

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