Lithuanian LNG terminal operation begins

3rd December is the official start of Lithuanian Liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal activities. LNG terminal in Klaipeda project was implemented timely and cheaper than planned.
The start of the project implementation should be considered 2010 when Government of Lithuania adopted a resolution, according to which no later than 2014 December 3rd Lithuania had to implement the EU regulation on gas supply security – to diversify the sources of gas supply.

The construction of floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) “Independence” and terminal infrastructure, such as the jetty and the pipeline, took around 2,5 years.
"The fact that such a large complex project as an LNG terminal completed smoothly and on time, once again confirms that Lithuania has the capacity to implement the national and regional energy independence projects ", - said the Minister of Energy Rokas Masiulis.

LNG terminal project has been implemented even by a few days earlier, and its’ price – less than originally planned. The installation of an LNG terminal, its infrastructure managed to save about 100 million. Lt. And on 27th November the LNG project implementer SC “Klaipedos nafta” has been granted with LNG terminal Operator’s License.

"At this time, the whole terminal system works properly, there already has been transferred around 20 million. cubic meters of gas to a natural gas system. At present, the most important thing is to properly prepare for the beginning of 2015, when the commercial activities will start, and to ensure the smooth operation of the terminal,"- said Marius Bartuška, SC Klaipedos Nafta general manager.

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