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Lithuanian officials seek Norwegian supplies for LNG terminal

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Lithuanian Energy Minister Arvydas Sekmokas and top executives of Klaipėdos Nafta (Klaipėda Oil), the developer of the country's planned liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, are looking for potential LNG suppliers in Norway.

A delegation headed by Sekmokas is paying a working visit to Oslo.

It has been stated during bilateral meetings in Oslo that Norway is becoming a very important partner that is helping Lithuania to implement its strategic energy projects, the Energy Ministry said in a press release on Wednesday.

"Norwegian Petroleum and Energy Minister Ola Borten Moe voiced his full support for our country's aspiration to have an alternative gas supply and create a gas market. [...] Meanwhile, other Norwegian energy companies continue to expand their business operations in the field of liquefied gas supply. They could be liquefied gas suppliers to Lithuania in the future," it said.

According to the press release, Norway is among Europe's main gas suppliers. The country produces around 100 billion cubic meters of gas annually and meets 20 percent of Europe's gas needs.

Klaipėdos Nafta CEO Rokas Masiulis could not be reached by BNS for comment on Wednesday.

Masiulis visited Azerbaijan last week to seek potential gas suppliers for the planned LNG terminal in Klaipėda. Reportedly, he met the top executives of Azerbaijan's state oil company SOCAR to discuss possibilities for cooperation in supplying gas to the LNG terminal.

Klaipėdos Nafta has signed letters of intent on LNG supplies with Spain's Gas Natural Fenosa and US Cheniere. Russia's gas giant Gazprom has declared its intentions to supply gas as well. According to media reports, Klaipėdos Nafta is also discussing the supply of gas with international companies British Petroleum, Shell and others.

Klaipėdos Nafta plans to launch a tender for the supply of gas to the LNG terminal this year. Masiulis has said that they expect to sign a gas supply contract in the second half of this year.

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