Undercutting Russia, first U.S. gas shipment arrives in region
WARSAW | The first-ever tanker with liquefied natural gas from the United States arrived in Poland on Thursday 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, or LNG, 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.