First ship with liquefied natural gas from Qatar came into the Swinoujscie terminal

12. December, 2015 News No comments

   Yesterday, on 11th of December 2015, an Quatar’s LNG carrier (tank ship designed for transporting LNG) “Al Nauman” came into the Swinoujscie LNG terminal (also referred as Terminal LNG in Swinoujscie, Polish LNG or Baltic LNG). This terminal is operated by Polskie LNG S.A., a subsidiary of Gaz-System. The terminal was inaugurated by prime minister Ewa Kopacz on 12 October 2015, so it’s a relatively fresh investment. It is equipped with an unloading jetty for large LNG tankers, two storage tanks and regasification train. The terminal’s initial regasification capacity is 5 billion cubic meters per annum (180 billion cubic feet per annum), and with the construction of the third tank its capacity is due to expand to reach 7.5 billion cubic meters per annum (260 billion cubic feet per annum) satisfying approximately 50% of Poland’s annual gas demand. The total cost of the terminal is €950 million (PLN 3.5billion).

That was the first LNG delivery, and it landed exactly the day it was expected. Delivered fuel is going to help with technical startup of system. After regasification it will reach Polish recipients. Regasification is a process of converting liquefied natural gas (LNG) at −162 °C (−260 °F) temperature back to natural gas at atmospheric temperature. LNG gasification plants can be located on land as well as on floating barges. In a conventional regasification plant, LNG is heated by sea water to convert it to natural gas / methane gas. In Swinoujscie air-heating system is applied because Baltic sea is too cold. It works by diving the LNG pipelines in heated water.


View of the terminal

Marek Gróbarczyk, minister of Polish Maritime Economy, said that it is significant moment for Polish Energy independence: it will allow to research when the flotation of the gas port will be possible. First implementation of the fuel and cooldown the tanks will show if there are any defects and will determine the date of the end of the investment. He emphasized that there are plans for another investment such as building one more tank in Swinoujscie or the new LNG terminal in Poland, even floating one like in Lithuanian Klajpeda.

   Poland is now available to import LNG from all over the world. Difficult time of testing and startup works is against us. Qatar’s partnership will be supplying LNG into Poland for next 20 years, so it elevates Polish-Quatar’s relations to a strategic level. Commercial exploitation LNG terminal in Swinoujscie is going to reach its destination in half of 2016. What’s more, it is a great tourist attraction and very perspective  undertaking for Polish economy.Świnoujście_LNG_terminal

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