شززAccording to MANA, The agreement comes as Poland is struggling to reduce its reliance on supplies of Russian gas, while a deepening global gas glut offers opportunities to bring in cheap LNG from Qatar and elsewhere.
For Qatar, which faces competition from Australian and U.S. producers, supply deals into Europe offer a valuable option as Asia's gas-consuming economies rein in new deals in light of a growing supply overhang.
The deal is a side agreement to a long term-contract PGNiG and Qatargas signed in 2009.
The companies then agreed that Qatargas will deliver to Poland around 1 million tonnes or around 1.5 billion cubic metres (BCM) of gas annually for 20 years starting from 2014. At the time PGNiG estimated the deal's annual average value at around $550 million, based on prevailing oil prices.
The price in the side agreement was not revealed but PGNiG said pricing terms were "satisfactory" and expected to have a "positive impact" on its financial results.
An industry source said Qatargas's expanded deal with Poland likely came with a price discount – which PGNIG had been in talks to secure for several years after paying at the peak of the market last time around.
The new deal will come into effect at the start of 2018 and run until June 2034.