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2017-07-14 / Energy Updates

First tanker with US natural gas reaches Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AP ) The first ever tanker with liquefied natural gas from the United States arrived in Poland as part of the country’s — and the region’s — efforts to cut its dependence on Russia. It was the first delivery of U.S. gas to eastern and northern Europe, which is building a new network of energy sources and gas transportation. Last year, Poland opened its first terminal for liquefied natural gas in Swinoujscie, on the Baltic Sea coast, to be able to receive such gas from distant suppliers like the U.S. or Qatar, which has already made some deliveries.

The region is trying to cut its reliance on Russia, which has occasionally used its gas exports to exert political pressure. It is planning to bring in gas from the North Sea and also to boost its own production. The U.S. State Department said in a statement that LNG exports “support American jobs, lower energy prices for our partners abroad, and contribute to Europe’s energy security goals using a reliable, market based supplier.”

Officials did not reveal the size of the delivery or the cost of the deal, which was made with Houston-based Cheniere Energy, Inc. Another U.S. delivery to Poland is expected this summer.

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