Lithuania's energy future depends on support of Poland
Friday, May 15, 2015
Speaking at the fourth annual Traditional and Renewable Energy Forum on 13 May in Vilnius, Vice-Minister of Energy Aleksandras Spruogis said that the future of Lithuanian energy system integration to the West depends on Poland.
Traditional and Renewable Energy Forum. Photo by Maksim Mirošnikov
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Speaking at the annual ‘Traditional and Renewable Energy Forum’ on 13 May in Vilnius, Lithuania, event organizer and Chairman of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce, Robert Juodka, told the Lithuania Tribune he believes the Lithuania is now able to support its own energy needs.
Lithuania's natural gas transmission system operator, AB Amber Grid, and Poland's gas transmission system operator, GAZ-SYSTEM S.A., signed a tripartite agreement with the European Union's (EU) Innovation Network Executive Agency (INEA) on the financial assistance of the EU to the project Preparatory Works for the Poland-Lithuania Gas Interconnection up to building permission(s) obtainment. Under this agreement, the project was granted financial assistance of the EU of EUR 10.6 million under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), AB Amber Grid said in a statement.
Rolands Irklis, Board Member of the Public Utilities Commission of Latvia, who will be speaking at the Traditional and Renewable Energy Forum in Vilnius next week, says that it would be better for Baltic States to agree on common liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal project and apply for EU funds to develop it.