US-Polish Interests Establish New Dialogue

The U.S. Commercial Service in Warsaw facilitated a trip by government and commercial interests to Poland to attend various events sponsored by LNG Allies during “Energy Exports Week 2018,” including the Third Transatlantic Energy Security Forum in Houston (March 19) and the Expanding Global Gas Infrastructure conference in Washington, DC (March 22). In addition to these two events, the Polish delegation also conducted numerous B2B meetings and signed two Joint Declarations concerning LNG cooperation.

The first of the Joint Declarations was signed in Port Arthur, Texas, on March 20 by the Polish LNG terminal operator (Polskie LNG), and the Sabine-Neches Navigation District, the Port of Port Arthur, and the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce. In addition to these four parties, the signing ceremony was witnessed by representatives from the Port of Sabine Pass, the Port Arthur International Seafarers’ Center, and Sempra LNG & Midstream who affixed their own signatures as “supporters.”

Fred H. Hutchison, President & CEO of LNG Allies, presided over the ceremony, introduced the signers (who each made brief statements), and then read the Text of the Joint Declaration. The signing ceremony was filmed by the local Fox affiliate KBTV (Fox 4 Beaumont) and was the lead story the next day on The Port Arthur News.

Following the signing ceremony, members of the Polish delegation—including Michał Kurtyka, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Energy, Republic of Poland—boarded the “Ivory Bill,” for a tour of the Sabine-Neches waterway where they were able to get close to the existing Golden Pass terminal (which is awaiting a final investment decision to add liquefaction capabilities) and to observe from a safe distance LNG being loaded onto a seagoing vessel at Cheniere’s Sabine Pass terminal. (The observation boat was escorted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office and LNG Allies wishes to thank them for this courtesy.)

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