Poland, US sign deal for long-term gas deliveries
PR dla Zagranicy
Poland’s state-run gas company PGNiG on Thursday signed a long-term contract to buy liquefied natural gas from the United States as part of efforts to reduce the country’s dependence on Russian deliveries, a news agency reported.
Polish President Andrzej Duda (right) and US Energy Secretary Rick Perry (left) in Warsaw on Thursday. Photo: PAP/Radek Pietruszka
The Polish company signed the 24-year deal with American supplier Cheniere in Warsaw in the presence of Poland's President Andrzej Duda and US Energy Secretary Rick Perry, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported.
Duda said at the signing that Poland was interested in diversifying its gas supplies and that talks about the contract began when US President Donald Trump visited Poland last year.
The Polish and US presidents in September signed a declaration on strategic partnership in which they pledged to "enhance cooperation on energy security" and to "work to ensure better energy diversification of Europe."
Under the latest deal, Poland expects to import 29.5 million tonnes, or nearly 40 billion cubic metres, of American LNG over 24 years, according to the IAR news agency.
Poland uses around 17.5 billion cubic metres of gas annually, officials have said.
PGNiG last month said it had finalised an unprecedented 20-year deal for the purchase of LNG from two subsidiaries of the US-based Venture Global LNG company amid efforts to make Poland independent of Russian supplies.