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Lithuanian Prime Minister supports idea of EU-backed regional LNG terminal in Riga

Andrius Kubilius
Juliaus Kalinsko / 15min nuotr. / Andrius Kubilius
Šaltinis: BNS

Backing President Dalia Grybauskaitė's position stated a day earlier, Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius said on Friday that if the European Union supported a regional liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Riga, Lithuania would not object to the project either.

"Like we've discussed it with our Latvian and Estonian colleagues, with the EU's backing, a regional project could be implemented as well. We don't have any objections to that," Kubilius told reporters in Vilnius.

Grybauskaitė had said after a meeting with Latvian President Andris Berzins on Thursday that EU experts were looking into possibilities of having a regional LNG terminal and if the European Commission recommended building such a facility, Lithuania would back the project.

Kubilius said that Lithuania proceeded with the implementation of its LNG terminal project in Klaipėda.

"We continue to build our terminal. All the work is being done according to plans. As you know, the (FSRU) vessel with all the technological equipment has already been ordered. The work ahead includes deepening the port and building the quay and the pipeline between Jurbarkas and Klaipėda. These projects are scheduled to be done by the end of 2014. The so-called ownership unbundling doctrine is planned to be implemented by late 2014 as well. Talks and discussions are underway with Gazprom and E.ON, main shareholders of Lietuvos Dujos (Lithuanian Gas)," he said.

Lithuania expects to complete the LNG terminal in Klaipėda by 2014, which will provide it with an alternative to gas supplied by Russia's gas giant Gazprom.

Latvia has long been calling on its Baltic neighbors to build a joint terminal in Riga and seek EU assistance for it as a regional project. Experts from the European Commission are currently assessing the viability of such a project.

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