The first US LNG shipment is set to arrive in Ukraine, marking a significant step for the country’s energy independence from Russia. A ship carrying the LNG cargo destined for Ukraine arrived earlier this week at the Świnoujście, Poland LNG landing terminal in the Baltic Sea.
This forms part of a US agreement with Poland and Ukraine in September, aiming to formalize policy on the supply of American natural gas to Kiev.
Under the agreement, the US will ship up to six billion cubic meters per year to Ukraine by 2021.
Ukraine depends from Russian natural gas for heating and power, at a time when tensions between Kiev and Moscow are at historic highs and the Russia-Ukraine gas transit agreement is planned for renewal in December.
Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG) purchased the cargo of LNG from the US in late summer and sold it to Energy Resources of Ukraine (ERU), transferring it via the gas connection in Hermanowice. Supplies to the Ukraine will be carried out until the end of 2019.
Currently, the only limitation in the development of exports to Ukraine on an even larger scale is the capacity of gas pipelines in Poland in the direction of Silesia–Podkarpacie. We expect the capacity of these gas pipelines to be expanded by 2021 at the latest,
…commented Piotr Woźniak, President of the PGNiG Management Board.