Poland to Buy U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s state-owned gas company says it has signed a five-year deal to buy liquefied natural gas from the U.S. through a Louisiana terminal as Europe seeks to cut its dependence on imports from Russia.

The company, called PGNiG, says that starting next year the Centrica LNG Co. Ltd. will make nine shipments of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, from the Chieniere Energy’s Sabine Pass terminal in southwest Louisiana to Poland’s gas port in Swinoujscie on the Baltic coast. Poland already received a few one-off LNG deliveries earlier this year.

PGNiG said in a statement it was the first such contract for regular LNG deliveries to central and eastern Europe, a region seeking to cut dependence on Russia, which has used its gas exports as a policy tool.

Poland is also seeking to buy natural gas from Norway.

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