Poland's ZChP plans to diversify gas supplies in January 2012

23 August 2011 12:32  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Zaklady Chemiczne Police (ZChP) hopes to break the monopoly held by PGNiG over gas supplies to the Polish chemical industry by importing gas from Germany from January 2012, the fertilizer and titanium dioxide (TiO2) producer said on Tuesday.

The diversification of its gas supplies will be made possible by the opening of an interconnector linking the Polish and German gas grids by Polish gas transmission operator Gaz-System, scheduled for completion by the end of this year.

ZChP intends to initially bring in 40m cubic metres/year (cbm/year) of gas via the interconnector, equivalent to 6-7% of its annual requirement, the company added.

Talks with German suppliers that will provide the gas are under way, ZChP said.

Fertilizer and oxo-alcohols producer Zaklady Azotowe Kedzierzyn, which like ZChP has recently become a member of the state majority-held Zaklady Azoty Tarnow (ZAT) group, said it is also looking to use new Gaz-System infrastructure to diversify its gas imports.

Future disruptions to the Russian gas brought in by Poland's PGNiG could be countered by the possibilities opened up by new interconnectors, it said.

The interconnector with the German gas grid, at Lasow in Lower Silesia, southwestern Poland, would enable the off-take of up to 1.5bn cbm of gas annually, Gaz-System said.

Gaz-System added that it also planned to open a new interconnector between Poland and the Czech Republic, which would enable the transport of approximately 0.5bn cbm of gas per year.

This interconnector, built with Czech gas transmission operator NET4GAS, should be operational as soon as September, it said.

By: Will Conroy
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