Current Energy Issues Discussed With the New Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway

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2018 02 06

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On 2nd of February Minister of Energy Žygimantas Vaičiūnas met with Karsten Klepsvik, the newly appointed ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to the Republic of Lithuania. During the meeting, active and productive cooperation between the two countries in the field of energy was discussed.

The minister and the ambassador briefly discussed bilateral relations between Lithuania and Norway as well as urgent issues in the natural gas sector. They also talked about the key energy targets in both Lithuania and Norway as well as in Poland, where Mr Klepsvik served as the Norwegian Ambassador for the past five years.

“The strategic energy interests of Lithuania and Norway concur: a smooth transition to renewable energy and climate-friendly energy. The regional energy projects that are being implemented by Lithuania together with Poland – such as synchronisation of the Baltic States and the continental European network and the GIPL gas interconnection – are important for the entire region’s energy sector. Therefore, the ambassador’s experience, knowledge and connections will undoubtedly facilitate in the smooth implementation of these projects that are of such significance to the energy security of the Baltic region,” said Minister Vaičiūnas.  

The minister also gave the ambassador a presentation of the encouraging operating results of the Klaipėda LNG terminal, expressing his pleasure with the contribution of Norwegian companies in implementing and developing this facility that is so important to the energy security of the region. It was noted that cooperation with Norwegian companies will be useful for further development of the LNG market in the region.

Minister Vaičiūnas acquainted the ambassador with the new draft of the National Energy Independence Strategy that will be taken under consideration during the spring session of the Seimas. The minister briefly ran through Lithuania’s key energy objectives and presented four strategic directions in energy: energy security, renewable energy, competitiveness and innovation. 
 
During the meeting, the minister also emphasised the threat to Lithuania, the region, and the entire EU being posed by the Astravets Nuclear Power Plant, which is being built right next to Lithuania in violation of international nuclear safety and environmental protection requirements. Minister Vaičiūnas stressed that electricity from third countries can only be sold in the EU market if it complies with the environmental and other related requirements established in the law of the EU and its Member States.