Poland pursues energy independence

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Polish deputy prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki participates in a press briefing outside the US Department of Commerce in Washington, DC, USA, 03 April 2017.

Poland pursues energy independence


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In five years, Poland will achieve energy independence and will become a gas distribution hub in the next 10 years. So said Poland’s deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawieck following American President Donald Trump‘s visit to Warsaw.

As reported by Radio Poland online, more purchases of US gas following the delivery of a one-off consignment in June are on the table.

“The government policy of diversifying gas supplies means we will be getting an ever-larger group of suppliers,” Morawiecki said.

Poland has been purchasing gas from Qatar since its Liquefied Natural Gas terminal in north-western Świnoujście was opened in late 2015, Warsaw is in talks about a proposed Baltic Pipe to supply Poland from the North Sea, while the Croatian president has said a planned gas terminal on the island of Krk would be linked to Poland’s Świnoujście terminal.

“Within the next five years we want to lead to Poland’s full energy independence,” Morawiecki said.

“Today we are bound to the Russian [gas] monopoly [Gazprom] by a bad deal, we pay more for gas supplies than Germany,” Morawiecki said, adding that US gas would be competitively priced.

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