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Polish natural gas consumption to be lower this winter

The ministry said that Poland's gas storage facilities (pictured the facility in Brzeźnica) are 99 percent full at their maximum capacity of about 3.23 billion cubic metres.
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Polish gas consumption is predicted to be considerably lower this winter than last year, according to estimates.

The prediction could allay fears in Poland of a gas shortage owing to a boycott of Russian carbon fuels and increasing international demand for alternative sources of gas.

“When forecasting the consumption of natural gas in the winter season 2022/2023, in particular taking into account the preliminary estimates of natural gas consumption in the first and second quarters of 2022, it should be expected that the consumption of natural gas will be noticeably lower,” Poland’s Climate and Environment Ministry said on Wednesday in reply to an MP inquiry.

Poland’s natural gas consumption in the winter season 2021/22 reached 11.63 billion cubic meters, it added.

According to the ministry, there is reduced risk of cuts to natural gas supply in the coming winter season.

“As a result of securing supplies of natural gas, in an amount that fully meets the needs of Polish consumers for the winter season 2022/2023, the risk of having to introduce restrictions on natural gas consumption is very low,” due to the measures taken in recent years, the ministry wrote in response to another MP inquiry.

“Thanks to the total independence from natural gas supplies from the eastern direction, made possible by the construction of inter-connection infrastructure, such as the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline, the Poland-Lithuania gas inter-connection, the Poland-Slovakia gas inter-connection, and the expansion of the regasification capacity of the LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas – PAP) terminal in Swinoujscie, Poland is no longer dependent on one direction of supply,” the ministry said.

The ministry added that Poland’s gas storage facilities are 99 percent full at their maximum capacity of about 3.23 billion cubic metres.


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