Lithuania to seek development of LNG technologies in partnership with the Netherlands
On 7 December, Rokas Masiulis, the Minister of Energy, attended the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Forum between Lithuania and the Netherlands. In his opening speech, Mr R. Masiulis underlined that presently Lithuania is stepping towards becoming a country that not only benefits from the LNG technologies, but also seeks to make a contribution to the creation and development thereof.
“The initial objective of the Klaipėda Terminal was energy independence. Yet, we also reap economic benefits and gain competencies in the area of LNG technologies. Today Lithuania shares its best practice with other countries”, - noted Mr R. Masiulis. Thanks to the LNG terminal, gas supplied through it has beaten the gas supplied via a pipeline by Gazprom; thus allowing the national customers to benefit from a significant drop of prices.
“The terminal has laid the foundation for developing technologies and the exports thereof. To this end, the LNG Competencies Centre, which brings together professionals from Klaipėda University, “Klaipėdos nafta” and “Vakarų laivų gamykla” (English: Western Shipyard) joined by experts from the Emerson Company, was founded in spring ", – told Mr R. Masiulis. The Minister has also made a reference to the national LNG platform to be established taking the Dutch model, which brings together business companies and governmental authorities part of the LNG sector, as an example.
The Minister thanked the Dutch Ambassador, Bert van der Lingen, for existing cooperation and promotion of business ties as well as a meeting with the Dutch Minister of Economy, Henk Kamp, held in June, where ministers from both countries had discussed the EU energy issues and cooperation in the LNG and biomass sectors.
During the forum, speakers shared their insights on the use of LNG in public and HDV transport as well as maritime navigation. The use of the mentioned fuel would result in less carbon dioxide emissions, thereby helping achieve the climate change objectives. The possibilities of having LNG supplied to the outer regions and remote objects not connected to the gas pipeline were also discussed.
At the forum held by the Dutch Embassy in Lithuania, presentations were delivered and discussions attended by the Special Envoy for Energy of the Dutch Ministry of Economy, Bert Roukens, representatives from the Dutch National LNG Platform, Energy Valley as well as heads of the Royal Dutch Shell company and other organisations. Lithuania was represented by, in addition to the Minister of Energy, representatives from “Klaipėdos nafta”, EPSO-G, “Amber Grid”, “Lietuvos dujų tiekimas”, “Litgas” and Klaipėda University.