News

2015.09.08 13:45

Lithuanian PM sees LNG terminal as advantage in possible ‘gas war’ with Russia

(BNS )Lithuania’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal will be an advantage to the country should Russia take economic steps against it, which gives ground for optimism in the context of recent events in Ukraine, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius said on Thursday.

 (BNS )Lithuania’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal will be an advantage to the country should Russia take economic steps against it, which gives ground for optimism in the context of recent events in Ukraine, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius said on Thursday.

“On the positive side, we will ensure our energy security. In case a gas supply war broke out, we have something to be proud of here. Actually, we could even supply [gas] to some of our neighbors,” Butkevičius said on Žinių Radijas.

“As to gas purchases from the United States, however, we should not expect this either this year or next year, because they have not set up a terminal for exports. But they are working hard in this direction and this could happen in late 2015,” he said.

US Vice President Joe Biden said in Vilnius on Wednesday that the United States supported Lithuania’s efforts to diversify its energy sources and liberalise the energy market. In his words, alternative energy sources are key to the sovereignty of nations for energy supply not be used as a means of political pressure.

The Lithuanian prime minister has said on more than one occasion that the LNG terminal in Klaipėda should make it easier for the country to negotiate with Russia’s Gazprom on lower gas prices.

President Dalia Grybauskaitė has also said recently that the LNG terminal will enable Lithuania to negotiate for cheaper gas not only with Gazprom, but with other suppliers as well.  She has also said that the terminal will work not only for Lithuania, but also for the entire Baltic region, thus helping to ensure energy security.

The Klaipėda LNG terminal, which is expected to start operating next December, will provide an alternative to Gazprom-supplied Russian gas.

Naujienų agentūros BNS informaciją skelbti, cituoti ar kitaip atgaminti visuomenės informavimo priemonėse bei interneto tinklalapiuose be raštiško UAB „BNS“ sutikimo neleidžiama.