If gas supplies from Russia to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia were to be disrupted, the soon-to-be-commissioned liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Klaipėda would ensure the supply for customers in all three Baltic countries, the European Commission (EC) has said.
© DELFI

In the scenario of a one-month disruption of all Russian gas flows, there would be important gas shortages for non-protected customers in Estonia and Lithuania, the Commission said in a report on the findings of the Baltics and Finland Focus Group accompanying the Commission’s communication on the short-term resilience of the European gas system.

However, the LNG facility, once put in operation, would ensure the supply.

“Even in the scenario of a one-month disruption of all Russian gas flows, there would be important gas shortages for non-protected customers [those consuming more than 20,000 cubic meters of gas per year] in Estonia and Lithuania. In the absence of the Klaipėda LNG terminal the situation would be more dramatic in Estonia as there would be no gas in their system, including for protected customers [those consuming up to 20,000 cubic meters of gas per year], within 4-5 days,” the report said.

“ Lithuania would be less affected thanks to an agreement with Latvia for the supply of its protected customers from Incukalns storage. Once the Klaipėda LNG terminal enters into operation, however, the supply for the protected customers would be ensured in the three Baltic States in all scenarios.”

According to the report, in the long term disruption scenarios, all Baltic States will face gas shortages affecting non-protected customers to varying extents. Estonia and Lithuania would be most severely affected with more than 80 percent of non-protected customers being possibly curtailed. Part of these shortages, however, could be compensated by fuel switching.

The Commission noted that the role of natural gas in the energy mix in Estonia was less significant compared to Latvia or Lithuania. Still, it recommended to Estonia to sign an agreement with Lithuania on supplies from the LNG facility.

“Finalize before December an agreement with Lithuania for the supply of the protected customers in Estonia in case of an emergency with gas from the LNG terminal in Klaipėda,” the report reads.

Recommendations for Lithuania include the continuation of work on the upgrade of the Klaipėda-Kuršėnai pipeline and measures to ensure the feasibility of fuel switching during emergencies.

BNS
Įvertink šį straipnį
Norėdami tobulėti, suteikiame jums galimybę įvertinti skaitomą DELFI turinį.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(0 žmonių įvertino)
0
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Latvian PM expects Baltics' power grid synchronization to be completed in 2025

Synchronization of the power grids of the Baltic States with the continental Europe must be completed...

Pilot project of floating solar power plant in Kruonis PSHP receives funding

Experimental floating photovoltaic solar power plant project in Kruonis pumped storage hydroelectric...

Year in Lithuania started with 30% increase of the production of electricity

Although the electricity production in the Baltic States grew by one third in January, the electricity...

Lithuania now has substantial legal arguments to deny access for electricity produced in the unsafe Astravyets Plant

On 7 February 2019, the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in...

Lietuvos Energija calls for strategic partners to develop offshore wind energy projects

Lietuvos Energija , one of the largest state-owned energy companies in the Baltic States, announces...