Poland-Estonia LNG transport to cut dependency on Russian gas in Baltics

  • Liis Einstein
  • 24.3.2017 11:52

The Baltics dependence on Russian gas is decreasing as Poland’s import terminal at Swinoujscie began to transport liquefied natural gas to Estonia with tank trucks, the terminal's operator Polskie LNG announced on 17 March.

Polskie is dispatching up to 15 trucks a week to Estonia due to its high-quality and an overhaul at the plant in Pskov, Russia. In 2016, the Baltic Council of Ministers announced plans to create a Baltic gas market by 2020. The plan foresees affordable gas prices, high-quality service and increased security of supply. Also, Finland and Estonia have signed a contract to build the 150-km subsea Balticonnector pipeline by 2020. In February 2017 Estonia’s Alexela Group failed to secure EU funding for their LNG import terminal in Paldiski, Estonia, but plans to rely on private investments. According to Lithuania's Energy Minister Rokas Masiulis, the Baltic market is too small for two LNG terminals as their terminal in Klaipeda can fulfil Lithuania and most of Estonia and Latvia natural gas demand. Despite the rivalry, both sides emphasise the importance of increasing energy security in the region.

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