10 September 2010
Świnoujście Under Fire
Germany is demanding that the European Union conduct an environmental assessment of a project to build a liquified natural gas terminal in the Baltic port of Swinoujscie. Germany has reportedly sent Poland a formal protest, saying that the project could violate the Espoo convention on environmental protection. Earlier Poland failed to use the same convention to block the construction of the Nord Stream gas pipeline from Russia to Germany along the bed of the Baltic Sea. At the end of August, Berlin voted against the European Union allocating 80 million euros to build the terminal, which is very close to the German border. According to Warsaw, the terminal in Swinoujscie will be built by 2014 at a cost of 800 million euros. The terminal will make it possible to satisfy 40 percent of Poland's needs for natural gas. The gas will be supplied by Qatar. However, Germany fears that the energy complex just three kilometers from its border will threaten the environment on the fragile Baltic coast. (Oil and Gas Eurasia, Sept. 10).