Lithuanian and Flemish energy ministers discussed current energy issues

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2017 11 09

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Today, Minister of Energy Žygimantas Vaičiūnas met with Flemish Minister for Finance, Budget and Energy Bart Tommelein. The ministers discussed Lithuania’s strategic energy projects and relevant issues regarding practical cooperation in the field of liquefied natural gas.

Minister of Energy Žygimantas Vaičiūnas presented the important work that has been accomplished at the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Klaipėda during this year alone. In the beginning of the year, reloading of LNG from the FSRU Independence to small-scale LNG tankers was commenced, thus opening the small-scale LNG market in the region. And two weeks ago, a small-scale onshore LNG reloading station was opened to supply LNG to all consumers in the Baltic Sea Region that do not have access to the gas transmission network.

According to the minister, the intensive development of the Lithuanian LNG terminal infrastructure and expansion of its range of activities is creating an opportunity for Klaipėda to become a regional LNG hub.

Belgium is very advanced in the field of LNG and has a developed network of LNG filling stations as well as an LNG distribution centre, so its experience is of great value to Lithuania in expanding the LNG market and creating opportunities to use this clean fuel in logistics and industry.

In turn, the Flemish minister noted that Belgian companies are interested in cooperation in the field of LNG. The memorandum of understanding signed this year between state-owned Klaipėdos Nafta and Fluxys Belgium, which is one of the largest LNG companies in Europe, is considered a good example of such a partnership.

Both ministers will attend the Vilnius Energy Forum taking place today and tomorrow. A forum and discussion dedicated exclusively to LNG will also be held during the event. In order to stimulate the LNG market and the use of this fuel, a cooperation agreement will be signed during the forum on the development of an LNG platform in Lithuania.

The Flemish Minister for Finance, Budget and Energy also visited the system control centre operated by transmission system operator Litgrid. The project for synchronisation of the Baltic States with the Continental European Network was presented to the guest.

Problematic issues related to the unsafe Astravets Nuclear Power Plant being built right in the vicinity of the European Union, just 40 kilometres from Vilnius, were also discussed during the meeting. This is being carried out by Belarus in violation of key international nuclear safety and environmental protection requirements.