On Wednesday, the German concern E.ON signed a five-year-long contract for the supply of liquefied gas from the country over the Persian Gulf. As a result, Germany will receive gas from Qatar earlier than Poland - beginning from next year, E.ON will import 10 bn m3 of liquefied gas from Qatar annually, informed the German concern.
The gas will be delivered to the GATE terminal in Rotterdam and its price will be tied to gas prices in European markets. Moreover, these prices are lower than gas prices from long-term contracts with Russia.
The Polish Oil and Gas Company (Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo) was also supposed to buy gas from Qatar - up to 1.5 bn m3 annually - from 2014 onwards. But these plans may be unrealistic due to the delay in the construction of the gas terminal in Swinoujscie where the ships with Qatar gas are supposed to land. The Swinoujscie terminal, in construction for three years, was scheduled to be complete by the end of the first half of 2014, but the investment began suffering from a delay. Last month, the Polish LNG state company moved the investment's date of completion towards the end of 2014. At the same time, Polish LNG agreed to pay the terminal's contractor an additional 300 mln PLN to complete the construction.
E.ON is Gazprom's biggest client among the EU companies. At the same time, the German concern is systematically trying to reduce its dependency on the Russian supplier. Last month, E.ON signed a contract on importation of gas from the new Shah Deniz II deposits in Azerbaijan. According to the contract, the German concern will buy 40 mld m3 of Azerian gas over the next 25 years. The gas will be supplied to Europe by a network of new gas pipelines going through Turkey, Greece and Albania to Italy.
While Poland still pays high bills to Russia.
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