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Poland will not renew Russian gas supply deal

Christian Fernsby |
A natural gas supply contract between Poland and Russia that expires in December next year will not be renewed, a Polish official has reaffirmed, as Warsaw works to reduce its dependence on Moscow for energy.

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Under the contract with Russia’s gas giant Gazprom, which was signed by the two countries in 1996, Poland has been buying up to 9 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually, with its total consumption at some 17 billion cubic meters per year.

“Everything indicates that on October 1 next year gas will be transmitted to Poland through the Baltic Pipe pipeline,” Piotr Naimski, the Polish government's pointman on strategic energy infrastructure, said on Monday.

He added that the new pipeline “will allow the necessary amount of gas for the Polish economy to be brought in from sources other than Russia."

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