Naimski: Poland lost billions on lack of diversity in gas suppliers

Poland may have lost between 50 to 100 bln PLN between 2001 and 2018, due to a lack of diversity in gas suppliers, claims Piotr Naimski, the government’s plenipotentiary for strategic energy infrastructure.

Although the numbers are just estimates, due to being dependent on a single monopolistic gas supplier, Poland may have lost billions.

“Poland lost a lot, because the deliveries of gas from the Russian monopolistic supplier were more expensive than European market prices,” Naimski explained during the 7th National Energy Summit. 

He underlined that Poland only has coal, a bit of natural gas and limited supplies of wind, Sun and water as energy resources. Because of this Poland must strive to have gas delivered from different sources and through different routes.

Poland lost a lot, because the deliveries of gas from the Russian monopolistic supplier were more expensive than European market prices

“It would be best if these sources and routes would compete with each other on the Polish market,” Naimski added. 

Diversification now

This diversification is already being fulfilled – through the development of the liquified gas terminal in Świnoujście, the Baltic Pipe and the project of the floating LNG gas terminal which is to be placed in Gdańsk Bay in the future.

“The development of these projects will allow for the diversification of routes of gas supply to Poland and will solve the issue of monopolistic dependency on the Russian supplier and will allow to decrease the costs of importing the resource,” Naimski concluded.

The Baltic Pipe will connect the Polish and Danish gas transfer systems, which will give Poland access to Norwegian gas. The pipeline is slated to be ready by October 1st, 2022.

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