Final Conference of HEKLA Project – ‘New Clean Energy Opportunities in the Baltic Sea Region’

HEKLA-Helsingborg & Klaipeda LNG Infrastructure Facility Deployment is a CEF, Motorways of the Sea Project financially supported by the European Commission. Final Conference, was a valuable summarising event gathering about 100 key stakeholders in Klaipeda Castle's Site Conference Hall on 1st March in Klaipeda, Lithuania. Government officials, policymakers, representatives from leading regional and European organisations attended and contributed to the main topic - New Clean Energy Opportunities in the Baltic Sea Region.

HEKLA project culminated in the deployment of small-scale onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) reloading station. The LNG reloading station, developed and implemented by KN (AB Klaipėdos Nafta), is intended to supply LNG for customers in the Baltic Sea region as well as promote the use of clean fuel for maritime operations and heavy vehicles and ensuring access to LNG for remote consumers.

The final conference was officially opened by Mr. Mindaugas Jusius, CEO of AB Klaipedos Nafta and Mayor of Klaipėda city – Mr. Vytautas Grubliauskas. A key note speech by Mr. Karolis Švaikauskas, Deputy Head of Oil and Gas Division, Ministry of Energy of Lithuania, underlined the targets set in the National Energy Independence and the Lithuanian Energy Strategy on LNG.

The morning session, focused on HEKLA project achievements and clean energy policy in EU and Lithuania was highlighted by speakers from Klaipedos Nafta. Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) instruments for financial support for LNG investments were presented.

The ‘LNG in the energy sector’ session continued with the presentations of a business case from Barter S.A., Sofregas, ESO A.B. and representatives from the Province of Gerderland, the Netherlands.

A discussion panel tackled the long standing dilemma - Is LNG an option for the Baltics and current challenges. Panelists from the Eesti Gaas, Litgas, Achema Gas Tradea and Nauticor GmbH & Co. KG featured and gave the participants motivating ‘food for thought’ discussions.

The afternoon session aimed at other valuable segments – the maritime and land transport LNG sectors. Industry leaders from Codognotto Group, LIQUIND, DNV GL and Eesti Gaas conveyed the advantages of LNG powered trucks, prospects for LNG maritime sector, as well as bunkering and deployment of LNG stations across the EU member states.

The topic naturally headed into a discussion panel highlighting the challenges and opportunities as well as stories of success. The panel moderator - Mr. Patric Cnubben, Board Member Nationaal LNG Platform, led the discussions with fellow colleagues from the Polish LNG Platform, Lithuanian LNG Cluster, IVECO and representative of academia sector at Klaipeda University. Innovative LNG business models were shared underlining the experience from regional EU member states.

The conference was moderated by Ms. Jurgita Šilinskaitė-Venslovienė, Head of LNG Services UnitAB at Klaipedos Nafta. Conference moderator thanked the speakers and participants, summarised HEKLA project accomplishments as well as perspectives from the gathered LNG stakeholders and industry experts.

Source and more information: HEKLA