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President Duda visits Sabine Pass LNG plant

By Cyndi Sellers

For the second time in two months, a president has visited Cameron Parish, but this time it wasn’t President Donald Trump.

On Friday, the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, made a visit to Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass LNG export facility, accompanied by U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.

President Duda was in the United States for a state visit and to witness the signing on Wednesday of an agreement to purchase additional American LNG for Poland. Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG) has now signed agreements to purchase 1.45 million tonnes per annum of LNG from Cheniere, 2.5 MTPA from Venture Global Plaquemines, and 1.0 MTPA from Venture Global Calcasieu Pass.

Cheniere has already shipped five cargoes to Poland, beginning in June 2017. Deliveries under the 1.45 MTPA agreement, signed in November, will begin in a matter of weeks. The Venture Global shipments will begin when both facilities are completed, expected to be in 2023.

In a press conference held in front of a huge LNG tanker at the Cheniere ship berth, Secretary Perry noted that Poland is decreasing its dependence on Russian natural gas. When all contracts begin shipment, Poland will be importing 6.95 MTPA from the US and other countries, which is 55% of its natural gas consumption. “The key to energy security is energy diversity,” he said. “Diversity in fuels, diversity in sources, and diversity in routes to delivery.”

Pres. Duda said not only Poland but the entire Central European region can benefit from diversifying energy sources. “Energy security is needed from the Baltic to the Adriatic and Black Seas. After Ukraine, when Russia stopped deliveries (of natural gas) all of us drew lessons,” he said. “We need good prices and good conditions, which means reliability of supply, to be able to grow economies and provide safe and secure lives for our citizens.”

These import agreements, along with recent military support promised by President Trump, represent “a new era of relations between Central Europe and the U.S. and between Poland and the U.S.” Duda said. “It is the right road to travel for Poland and the United States.”

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