Ukraine plans to import Qatari gas through Polish ports
The Ukrainian authorities are negotiating direct LNG supplies from Qatar through terminals in Polish ports.
Now Ukraine is negotiating deliveries through two Polish terminals in Gdansk and Swinoujscie. This was announced by the Deputy Minister of Energy of Ukraine Maksym Nemchinov on the air of the 1+1 TV channel.
“The throughput capacity between Ukraine and Poland is not that great. We are working to physically increase it and receive gas from two terminals under a direct contract with Qatar,” said the Deputy Minister.
Nemchinov stressed that the organization of this process has many difficulties, however, in the current conditions, the Ukrainian authorities have to look for ways to diversify the sources of energy sources.
In September, Ukraine and Qatar agreed to cooperate in the supply and production of gas. We are talking about the import of liquefied gas to Ukraine, because the supply of pipeline fuel from Qatar is impossible. It is assumed that such agreements will allow Ukraine to diversify gas supplies.
It is worth noting that the previous President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, tried to negotiate with Qatar on the supply of LNG directly to Ukraine through the Bosphorus. However, this was prevented by Turkey, which controls the strait in accordance with the 1936 Montreux Convention and does not want to allow LNG tankers to pass through its straits for security reasons. As the current situation shows, Ukraine could not come to an agreement with Turkey, so now the option of importing through Polish ports is being considered.
Recall that in the summer of 2019, Energy Resources of Ukraine and the Polish oil and gas company PGNiG have already signed an agreement on the purchase and import of American LNG by Ukraine through the Polish terminal in Swinoujscie.
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