The construction of the liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal in 安inouj軼ie, in northern Poland, looks to have hit another snag. The terminal, seen as a key element in Poland’s drive to increase its energy independence, was originally set for completion in June next year, but that date was later pushed back to the end of 2014. Now, the Polish Radio News Agency (IAR) has reported that the terminal will be completed no earlier than 2015.
Treasury Minister W這dzimierz Karpi雟ki, who commissioned a report on the progress of the construction, will officially announce the delay early this month, IAR said. Magdalena Kobos, a spokesperson at the Treasury Ministry, would not confirm the reports, but said that “an unrealistic schedule can hurt every investment. If it is modified, related investments and contracts may be secured.”
Donald Tusk opened the construction of the terminal back in 2011
Courtesy of KPRM
The delay could become a significant setback for Poland’s gas giant PGNiG, which is under contract with Doha-based Qatargas to begin receiving deliveries of liquified gas next year. The deal envisages 1.5 billion of cubic meters of gas delivered annually. Without the terminal in 安inouj軼ie, PGNiG will have difficulty receiving the gas.
PGNiG could move the deliveries to another terminal in Europe – the closest such terminals are located in the Netherlands and Belgium – or it could renegotiate the deal with Qatargas to postpone deliveries until the 安inouj軼ie terminal is completed. When contacted by WBJ, PGNiG refused to comment on how the company plans to resolve the issue.
“The contract between our company and Qatargas has a confidentiality clause, and therefore we will not comment on the situation,” PGNiG’s press office wrote in an e-mail.
The decision to build the 安inouj軼ie LNG terminal was made back in 2006, and construction started in 2011. The terminal will have the capacity to regasify 5 billion cubic meters of LNG per year.
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