Poland to supply US gas to Ukraine, help reduce Kiev’s need for Russian energy

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Poland will transport 6 to 8 billion cubic meters of American liquefied natural gas (LNG) per year to Ukraine in a deal that will help reduce Ukraine’s dependence on Russian gas.

The deal should begin delivering the required natural gas in two to three years but much depends on the swift construction and extension of infrastructure on the Polish side. The current network permits the transmission of up to 2 billion cubic meters of gas, far short of what Ukraine needs.

The Ukrainian deputy minister of energy and environment, Konstantyn Czyzhyk, announced that Poland has signed the letter of intent between Ukraine and the American company Louisiana Exports Inc.

Ukraine wants to sign a long-term gas transmission contract with the United States. Ukraine, like Poland, wants to ensure energy security for itself.

Oleksiy Orzhel, the Ukrainian minister of energy and environment, believed that owing to the deal with the U.S., Ukraine’s position in resource negotiations with Russia will improve.