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  • 16 December 2017

    “Access to American gas is an important factor in ensuring Poland’s energy security,” underscored Minister Witold Waszczykowski speaking with Cheniere Energy Board of Directors.

    On the second day of his Houston visit, the Polish foreign policy chief discussed the prospects for further cooperation in supplying American LNG to the Swinoujscie LNG terminal. PGNiG President Piotr Woźniak attended the meetings. “US LNG supplies enhance energy security of our region, make us less dependent on the dominant supplier and bring benefits to Polish and American economies,” said Minister Witold Waszczykowski.

     

     

     

     

    The first LNG shipment to Poland took place last June, originating from Cheniere’s Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana. This was the first LNG shipment to Central and Eastern Europe. Last November, PGNiG signed a five-year contract for LNG supplies from this terminal. On Saturday, Poland’s top diplomat, accompanied by PGNiG President Piotr Woźniak, is due to visit the Sabine Pass terminal.


    Minister Waszczykowski talked about the development of economic cooperation between Poland and Texas with Texan business leaders who belong to the Greater Houston Partnership. This leading business organization brings together 1,200 companies and was established in the first half of the 19th century.

     

     

     

    Minister Witold Waszczykowski also met with the management board of ExxonMobil.

    “We would like to expand our economic cooperation, go far beyond the security area which has so far dominated Poland-US relations. I would also like to emphasize that the gas agreement with the US is part of implementing our geopolitical Three Seas Initiative,” said Minister Waszczykowski.

     

     

     

    On Friday, the Polish MFA head met with Mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner. “We wish to continue  the quick pace of intergovernmental contacts and at the same time strengthen our relations at state level,” said Minister Waszczykowski. “We hope that opening a Polish Consulate General in Houston will foster even closer relations with Texas,” he added.

     

    With a GDP of USD 1.6 trillion (equivalent to the 10th largest global economy), Texas is second only to California in the United States in terms of size of its economy. Among all the states, it is also Poland’s main commercial partner with a trade volume of USD 857 million. Recent years have seen the value of Polish exports to Texas more than double. The key Polish export are electronic devices.


    MFA Press Office

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