State-held Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG) has signed a long-term agreement with Cheniere Marketing International (a subsidiary of Cheniere Energy) for LNG supplies from the United States. The contract will start in 2019 and last over a 24 years period. The volume of supplies will reach 0.52 Mt/year (0.7 bcm/year) between 2019 and 2022 and will ramp up to 1.45 Mt/year (1.95 bcm/year) starting from 2023. Between 2023 and 2042, the total import volume is slated to reach 29 Mt (39 bcm) of LNG. The total value of the deal was not released however. LNG cargoes from Cheniere Energy heading for the Świnoujście import terminal Poland will depart from the Sabine Pass (Louisiana) and Corpus Christi (Texas) liquefaction facilities.
The Bulgarian Ministry of Energy forecasts that gas imports from Azerbaijan will cover approximately 30% of its gas consumption beyond 2020 and thus help reduce its almost entire dependence on Russian gas imports, which currently cover more than 90% of the country's gas needs.
State-run energy company China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) has completed full-power demonstration run at the Sanmen-2 AP1000 nuclear reactor project being built in the Zhejiang province of China. The 1,157 MWe (1,252 MWe gross) unit is now deemed to enter commercial operation and will be the third Chinese AP1000 to join the domestic market.
Chinese state-run gas company Petrochina (an affiliate of CNPC) has signed a new 5-year gas sales-and-purchase agreement (SPA) with Kazakhstan's state-owned company Kaztransgas, according to which 5 bcm/year of gas will be shipped from Kazakhstan to China. Negotiations for the deal were launched at the end of July 2018. It comes in the wake of the a previous agreement, which expired in October 2018: Kaztransgas started to export gas to China in October 2017 under the framework of a 1-year agreement with Petrochina for 5 bcm/year.