The Polish government and the Polskie LNG company signed an agreement for the extension of the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in Swinoujscie, in north western Poland on the Baltic Sea coast, the European Commission (EC) announced Wednesday.
The terminal expansion project is on the European list of Projects of Common Interest (PCI). 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, Central and Eastern Europe, the EC said.
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, according to the Commission.
"The extension of the Swinoujscie terminal will help diversify natural gas supply sources and improve the country’s energy security. This is a new example of the Energy Union in motion, supported by Cohesion Policy," Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu was quoted as saying.
"Together with the ‘Baltic Pipe’ project, for which a €215 million EU grant was signed just last week, the new LNG terminal in Swinoujscie will open Poland’s gas market to new suppliers enhancing the diversity and security of energy sources in Poland," the EC noted.
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 neighboring 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, the commission added.
By Ebru Sengul