PGNiG, Polish oil and gas company informed that it has signed a deal with Qatargas for the delivery of liquefied natural gas cargoes for the operational tests at the Świnoujście LNG terminal.
According to the company’s statement, two cargoes delivered aboard Qatargas’ Q-Flex LNG carriers will be used in the operational test processes that include cooling down, stabilization, trial runs and performance tests of the facility.
At the end of last year, PGNiG and Qatargas signed a memorandum of understanding concerning the LNG supplies contract of 2009, by which LNG volumes that should have been delivered to the Polish terminal in 2015 can be placed on other markets, as the terminal construction fell behind schedule.
However, Gaz-System’s unit Polskie LNG, which is building the import terminal, said the EPC contractor, a construction consortium led by Saipem, committed itself to complete construction works and receive the first LNG cargo this year.
Polskie LNG added that the second delivery of LNG designated for operational tests will be supplied in the first quarter of 2016, while commercial operations of the terminal, that is currently 98.2 percent complete, will commence in the second quarter of the same year.
PGNiG said in a statement that most of LNG purchased for the purposes of start-up operation will be regasified in the process and further injected into the transmission network.
In the first stage of operation, Polskie LNG’s facility will enable the regasification of 5 Bcm of natural gas annually.
There are also expansion plans that would include adding LNG reloading service for smaller vessels, through which the terminal could become a reloading depot for smaller installations operating in the region, as well as for bunkering vessels with LNG.
LNG World News Staff; Image: PGNiG