Latvia's economy minister: Alternative gas pipeline project has begun showing signs of life
Baltic News Network
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators has decided to divide expenses among the member states of the project for the construction of an alternative gas pipeline through Poland and Lithuania. Latvia’s expenses are estimated at EUR 29.4 million.
Latvia's annual GDP growth slowed to 2.5% in the second quarter of 2014 from 2.8% in the previous quarter, according to the flash estimate by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSBL). At the same time, seasonally adjusted quarterly growth picked up to 1% (0.6% in the first quarter).
On 7-8 August, Minister of EnergyJaroslav Neverovič inspected the work on electrical transformer substations in Alytus (Lithuania) and Elk (Poland), which are part of the LitPol Link power connection. The minister said that even though the schedule is intensive, the substation reconstruction is being carried out successfully.
Norway is among the leading nations in the global energy industry and Lithuania's strategic partner in the Klaipėda LNG Terminal project, the centrepiece of the country's energy independence strategy. Norway's Ambassador to Vilnius Leif Arne Ulland says it has not been an easy battle, but Lithuania is confidently moving forward.
The prime ministers of the three Baltic states agreed on Friday on additional two weeks for the final agreement on the liquefied natural gas (LNG) market, adviser to Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said.
Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis met with his Latvian counterpart on the eve of Baltic prime ministers, expressing hope that the neighboring state would support the agreement on liquefied natural gas, which would pave way for applying for European Union (EU) support for gas infrastructure projects of all three states.
Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis hopes to reach full stop in the Friday's negotiations among the Baltic prime ministers in an effort to ensure European support to the Klaipėda liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal. In his words, if the discussions end in failure, Lithuania will seek to end the discussions and move on.
Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis is meeting with his Latvian counterpart, Inara Murniece, in the Latvian seaside resort of Jūrmala on Thursday to discuss the positions on the Astravyets nuclear power plant (NPP) under construction in Belarus.
The Baltic Film Days will be held in Vilnius for the first time at the end of August – it is a unique event featuring Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian productions on the same week in Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, the Lithuanian Film Center said.