Poland intends to abandon long-term contracts with Gazprom

Польша намерена отказаться от долгосрочных контрактов с Газпромом

Poland plans to reduce its dependence on Russian gas.

State-owned gas company PGNiG of Poland does not intend to prolong long-term contract with Gazprom to supply Russian gas. This was stated by the representative of the government of Poland on issues of gas and energy infrastructure Piotr Naimski, reports RIA Novosti.

“We will strive for a situation in which a long-term contract thing of the past. If the price of Russian gas is quite competitive, we do not exclude the possibility of its acquisition, but certainly not in the long – term agreement,” he said.

The term of the contract, signed in 1996, expires in 2022. Under the agreement, Poland is becoming to 10.2 billion cubic meters of Russian gas per year. The main volume of the consumption of the country amounts to almost 15 billion cubic meters.

To reduce its dependence on Russian gas, Poland built an LNG terminal and intends to build a pipeline in the North sea. The construction of the pipeline will allow Poland via Denmark and the Baltic sea to the resource from Norway.

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