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Poland says it can do without gas from Germany via the Yamal-Europe pipeline


Poland is ready to deal with the Russian gas shutdown without reverse gas supplies from Germany through the Yamal-Europe pipeline. This was stated in a press conference on Thursday by the Polish Minister of Climate and Environment, Anna Moskva.

Earlier, Gazprom reported that Russian sanctions on a number of foreign energy companies banned the holding company from using the pipeline owned by EuRoPol GAZ (a joint venture between Gazprom and the Polish company PGNiG, which owns the Polish section of the Russian Yamal-Europe pipeline) to pump Russian gas. through Poland.

“Yesterday, both EuRoPol GAZ and German companies cooperating with Gazprom were included in the evening sanctions package,” Moskva said. a question from reporters about the possibility of using the Yamal-Europe Gas Pipeline in the future for reverse gas supply in Germany.

“We are ready to stop the gas in Russia without having to use this connection with Germany,” he said. According to her, Polish gas deposits are now 85% full. LNG is supplied by the end of the year, and the Baltic Pipe pipeline will be launched at the end of the year. “It simply came to our notice then [închiderea conductei Yamal-Europa] we will work “, she assured.

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Earlier, the Polish government’s representative for strategic energy infrastructure, Piotr Naimsky, said that the physical reversal of the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline could supply Poland with 5.5 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

Gas in Poland
Poland uses about 20 billion cubic meters of gas a year. In Warsaw, they say they have found an opportunity to completely abandon Russian gas by diversifying supply sources. In addition to the Baltic Pipe pipeline under construction, which is expected to have a flow capacity of 10 billion cubic meters of gas per year, there is an LNG terminal in Swinoujscie in Poland, which can still regasify another 6.5 billion cubic meters of gas per year, but this infrastructure is now expanding: by December 2023, its regasification capacity should be 8.3 billion cubic meters.

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In addition, Poland plans to install a floating LNG terminal of about 6 billion cubic meters of gas per year in the Gulf of Gdansk by 2025. Additional opportunities for Poland to receive gas include infrastructure links with neighboring countries, primarily Poland-Lithuania gas pipeline.

The situation in Germany

The ban on the use of the Yamal-Europe pipeline to pump Russian gas through Poland will not affect Germany’s energy security, as this route is almost never used for gas imports from Germany. This was announced on Thursday by a representative of the Federal Network Agency, in an interview with the Russian news agency TASS.

“We do not expect any consequences for the supply in Germany,” he said. “For a few weeks, almost no gas reached Germany through this pipeline; most of it went to Poland. “

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