Lithuanian–Dutch Forum on Sustainable Energy in Vilnius

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2018 06 18

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A high-level Lithuanian-Dutch bilateral forum on sustainable and efficient energy organised by the Embassy of the Netherlands in conjunction with the Ministry of Energy and Enterprise Lithuania has taken place in Vilnius on the 15th of June. President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, who was on a state visit to Lithuania, also has been attending the forum.

Having established a close relationship in the field of energy, Lithuania and the Netherlands are looking to continue strengthening their mutual cooperation.

“We have inspirational examples of successful bilateral cooperation in the field of energy. Firstly, our joint work and projects in the area of liquefied natural gas, which began when Lithuania built the FSRU Independence. I believe that this is just the beginning, since the energy sector opens up many new opportunities. Lithuania is on the verge of approving an advanced and progressive new energy strategy, so today is the perfect time to start building new joint initiatives in the areas of renewable energy and energy innovation,” says Minister of Energy Žygimantas Vaičiūnas.

According to the minister, just as the new Lithuanian energy strategy provides for synergy between different energy sectors and opportunities for developing in different fields simultaneously, bilateral cooperation can also successfully expand to other areas.

The bilateral forum, which was being attended by over 150 business representatives from Lithuania and the Netherlands,was focused on the topics of LNG, wind power, biomass, and start-ups in other fields of the energy sector.

The Klaipėda LNG terminal, which has been in operation for three and a half years, is among the most efficient LNG terminals in Europe in terms of capacity utilisation. Royal Dutch Shell, which is one of the largest gas trading companies in the world, re-exports small-scale LNG from the Klaipėda terminal to its customers in the Baltic region and intends to continue expanding these activities. It was Shell that performed the first LNG reloading operation from the Independence to the new onshore reloading station last year.

By adopting the best practice of the National LNG Platform of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Lithuania established an LNG platform last year with the goal of strengthening and developing the market for this fuel and related activities in Lithuania. LNG is rapidly developing field with great potential, so enhanced bilateral cooperation will stimulate the development and export of high added value services and technologies.

Lithuania also sees broad opportunities for bilateral cooperation in renewable energy, especially in terms of biomass and wind power. In the field of wind power, the success of the Netherlands with offshore wind energy was discussed as well as opportunities for Lithuania to take over this experience – the first winner of the subsidy-free offshore wind energy auction was announced in the Netherlands in 2018. The updated energy strategy, which the Seimas is planning to approve this month, not only includes ambitious renewable energy targets, but a fundamental breakthrough in energy innovation as well.

Bilateral cooperation in the field of energy innovation and competences will also be strengthened by the strategic partnership agreement signed between Klaipėda University, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, and Eindhoven University of Technology. The agreement encompasses cooperation in the field of energy research.