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First LNG cargo delivery approved

The LNG terminal was given a green light to commence the process of installation cool-down and start-up using liquefied natural gas supplied from Qatar to Poland on board of a methane carrier in December this year. Such an approval issued by the Transportation Technical Supervision is required by law.

This decision was taken in the aftermath of the initial pipelines cool-down process successfully completed in the first half of November. The operation was performed using liquid nitrogen delivered to Świnoujście in special cisterns. The objective of these tests was to identify potential deformations or displacement of installation elements exposed to low temperature. During the tests, the temperature recorded in some sections of the installation was -130 to even -150 Centigrade.

- The operation was conducted in a continuous manner i.e. 24 hours a day, with participation of the Investment Supervision representatives – MultiConsult company and the Investor – Polskie LNG, said Maciej Mazur, director of PLNG Corporate Communications Bureau. 

At present, the remaining preparatory works at the LNG Terminal site in Świnoujście are being finalized before the arrival of the first methane carrier. The first vessel with liquefied natural gas cargo will arrive at the port in Świnoujście in December. The second LNG cargo for further functional tests will be supplied to Świnoujście in the first quarter of 2016.

The initial regasification capacity of the LNG terminal will cover a third of Poland’s annual gas demand. Once increased to 7,5 bcm per year, the plant’s capacity will satisfy half of Poland’s annual gas consumption. The terminal in Świnoujście will be the only facility on this scale in Central and Eastern Europe and one of the greatest plants of this kind on the entire continent. Together with new gas pipelines, interconnectors, virtual and physical reverse flow on the Yamal pipeline, as well as with underground storage capacity and domestic production it will enhance Poland’s energy independence.

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