29 Apr 2022 14:31

Poland compels Novatek to provide state cos access to gas infrastructure

MOSCOW. April 29 (Interfax) - The Polish prime minister has compelled Novatek to provide its gas infrastructure to state companies, Polish government spokesperson Piotr Muller said on social media.

"Novatek has been ordered to make its network accessible to state companies in order to ensure safe gas supplies to consumers in those regions where the company earlier provided for supply," Muller said.

This decision guarantees the supply of gas to customers that have used gas from suppliers that have fallen under sanctions, Muller said. "State companies immediately took steps to swiftly implement the decision," he said.

The Polish Interior Ministry imposed sanctions on PJSC Gazprom , PJSC Novatek, and local subsidiary Novatek Green Energy Sp. Z o.o. (Krakow) on April 26.

Novatek Green Energy sells liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and regasified LNG on the European market, which is produced during transshipment of LNG (boil-off gas) and regasification of purchased LNG at the company's stations in Poland and Germany.

Novatek Green Energy sold Novatek's entire export volume of LPG in 2021, a total of 567,000 tonnes. It put ten LNG fuel stations into service in 2021, with eight in Germany and two in Poland, as well as launching 27 regasification plants in Poland. At the end of 2021, 16 LNG filling stations (12 in Germany, four in Poland) and 48 regasification plants (one in Germany, 47 in Poland) were operating on the European market. The first shipment of bio-LNG was made to an LNG fuel station in Rostock in Germany in November 2021.