Qatargas delivers the first commissioning LNG cargo to Republic of Poland
The vessel with first ever delivery of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) cargo arrived on December 11th, 2015, to the Polish LNG Receiving Terminal in Świnoujście. Qatargas Operating Company Limited delivered the cargo. PGNiG (Polish Oil & Gas) provided its assistance as an intermediary in LNG delivery according to the agreement with the Polskie LNG (Polish LNG) - the receiver of the resource used for commissioning of the facility.
The Qatargas chartered Q-Flex Vessel, named Al-Nuaman, carrying 210,000 cubic meters of LNG, delivered the cargo at the newly constructed Świnoujście LNG Receiving Terminal. The LNG cargo is the first of two planned cargoes that will be supplied by Qatargas for the cool-down and commissioning of the Polish LNG Receiving Terminal. According to the current schedule, the second delivery is planned for February 2016.
The Świnoujście LNG Receiving Terminal is designed to receive, regasify and deliver even 5.0 bcm of gas per annum into the Polish transfer system. The Świnoujście LNG Receiving Terminal project consists of a new 3-km long breakwater, an unloading jetty with one berth that will be able to unload methane carriers with the capacity ranging from 120,000 cubic meters (in case of conventional vessels) to 217,000 cubic meters (in case of the Q-Flex size vessels); two LNG storage cryogenic tanks (each with the capacity of 160,000 cubic meters); regasification facilities and an 85-km pipeline joining the Receiving Terminal with the Polish gas grid. LNG Receiving Terminal in Świnoujście is the only facility of such size in the Northern and Central-Eastern Europe.
The project is now in the commissioning stage with commercial operation planned to take place in the second quarter of 2016. PGNiG will receive the LNG deliveries based on the 20-year Contract, in accordance with which Qatargas will deliver one million tons of LNG to the Receiving Terminal in Świnoujście annually.