Around LTL 24 million (EUR 6.9 million) have been allocated from the NATO Security Investment Program.
Minister of National Defense Rasa Juknevičienė said this project would improve the infrastructure at the Air Base of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, which is a NATO base, and conditions would be improved for the NATO Baltic air policing mission based there.
In the minister's words, this project is important not only for Lithuania but also for the entire NATO as it's the last stage of the development of the Air Base, and the base will fully meet NATO requirements and needs after this project.
The storage facility is estimated to store up to 2,000 cubic meters of jet fuel. In the framework of the project, the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defense will pay for the construction of a railway branch about 1.3 kilometers long. The branch will be used for supplying fuel to the facility. Power lines will also be built.
Nearly LTL 6 million in value added tax (VAT) will be paid by the Ministry of National Defense to the state budget.
NATO fighter jets are currently deployed at the aviation base in Šiauliai, northern Lithuania. Recent reports suggest Estonia may attempt to move the mission to its territory in a few years.