Un­der­cut­ting Rus­sia, first U.S. gas ship­ment ar­rives in re­gion

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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.

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