The Polish government and the Polskie LNG company signed a grant agreement on 24 April for the extension of the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in Świnoujście, in north-western Poland on the Baltic Sea coast.

EU Regional Policy Commissioner Corina Creţu hailed the agreement on 24 April, reminding that almost €128 million from the European Regional Development Fund is invested in extending this terminal, which is the only facility of its size in Northern and Eastern Europe.

“The extension of the Świnoujście terminal will help diversify natural gas supply sources and improve the country’s energy security,” Creţu said. This is a new example of the Energy Union in motion, supported by Cohesion Policy,” she added.

According to the Commission, the current investment comes on top of more than €250 million of Cohesion Policy funds already invested in the terminal and more than €2 billion invested in Polish energy infrastructure since 2007. The terminal expansion project is on the European list of Projects of Common Interest (PCI). Together with the Baltic Pipe project, for which a €215 million EU grant was signed just last week, the new LNG terminal in Świnoujście will open Poland’s gas market to new suppliers enhancing the diversity and security of energy sources in Poland, the Commission said. The Baltic pipe will allow, as of 2022, the shipment of gas from the North Sea to the Polish market and further to the Baltic States and neighbouring countries. At the same time, the pipeline will enable the supply of gas from Poland, via the LNG terminal, to the Danish and Swedish markets.