Polish oil and gas company PGNiG began pursuing a pioneering strategy to diversify away from dependency on Russian gas in 2017 and now the whole of Western Europe is trying to follow its lead.

The state-controlled player began the shift with a can-do decision not to renew its long-term contract with Russian gas giant Gazprom, and is expected to end all reliance on Russian gas next year.

As alternatives to a nation seen by the company as unreliable and overbearing, PGNiG decided to invest in gas or gas-prospective assets on the Norwegian continental shelf, coupled to a plan to export production through the 10 billion cubic metres per annum capacity Baltic Pipe natural gas pipeline, which is expected online October.