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Poland has taken action now that Russia has decided to curb gas exports


Poland is preparing for the possibility of Russia limiting gas exports by diversifying its supply, and “will do well,” Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz said after Gazprom announced a cut in gas supplies.

The country’s energy reserves are also “safe” and the supply to customers will not be interrupted, says Polish Minister for Climate Change Anna Moskva, the BBC reports.

Russia’s energy giant Gazprom told Poland and Bulgaria on Tuesday it would stop supplying gas to “unfriendly” countries that refuse to pay in rubles.

Data from the European Union’s network of gas carriers show that Poland’s supply was cut off on Wednesday, but has since resumed.

Bulgaria said on Wednesday morning that gas was still being supplied.

Following the announcement by Gazprom, the Polish Ministry of Climate Change, Anna Moskva, said that the country’s energy reserves are safe.

Moskva also said that Poland does not have to extract gas from reserves and that supply to customers will not be interrupted.

Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz said Warsaw was preparing for the possibility of Russia limiting gas exports by diversifying supplies.

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“I’m pretty sure we’ll be able to do it,” he told the BBC.

Przydacz added that the suspension of gas supplies proved that Moscow “is not a reliable partner in any business” and urged other European countries, such as Germany, to support a ban on energy imports from Russia.

Poland was ready to drop its contract with Russia on gas exports by the end of 2022

Poland was already planning to cancel gas imports from Russia by the end of the year, when the long-term supply contract with Gazprom expires.

PGNiG noted that its underground gas storage is 80% full and, as the summer season approaches, demand has been lower.

Poland also has alternative sources of supply, including a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Swinoujscie.

A new gas pipeline in collaboration with Lithuania will open on May 1, giving Poland access to gas from Lithuania’s LNG terminal.

At the same time, a new gas pipeline in Norway, known as the “Baltic Pipeline”, will become operational in October, reaching full capacity by the end of the year and being able to replace all gas supplies from Russia.

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Both Poland and Bulgaria have refused to pay in rubles for gas supplies.

The Polish gas company PGNiG announced that it has been informed that all gas deliveries will be stopped from 8.00 local time (9.00 Romanian time). Bulgaria’s energy ministry has said it has been informed that supplies will be suspended on Wednesday.

53% of PGNiG’s gas imports in the first quarter of 2022 come from Gazprom.

Warsaw described the suspension as a breach of contract, adding that PGNiG will take steps to restore gas supplies.

Bulgaria, which relies on Gazprom for more than 90 percent of the gas received, said it had taken steps to find alternative sources, but no restrictions on current gas consumption were needed.

The Bulgarian Ministry of Energy reported that Bulgaria had fulfilled its obligations under the contract with Gazprom and made all necessary payments, adding that the new payment system proposed by Russia violated the existing contract.

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