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Latvijas Gāze accused of blocking gas supplies from Lithuania

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAlthough the Latvian parliament had made the decision to liberate the country’s gas market in February, Latvijas Gāze, which currently has a monopoly on the market, does not allow Lithuanian Litgas to sell a test amount of gas in Latvia, notes Litgas acting director general Vytautas Cekanavicius.

«We reached an agreement with a buyer, who then went to LG and asked if it is possible to transport the required amount of gas. They [LG] had to provide an answer within 30 days, which if a long period of time,» – Cekanavicius told BNS.

According to LG, in spite of the changes in trade requirements in Latvia that allow others sell natural gas in the country, the privatization agreement between LG and the government provides the company with exclusive trade rights until 2017.

Cekanavicius notes that LG has requested Latvian authorities to provide explanations in regards to changes to the trade requirements that go against the aforementioned agreement.

He hopes this process will not take a long time.

Litgas planned to sell gas on the Lithuanian-Latvian border, from where buyers would transport it to Latvia.

On 11 February, Latvia’s parliament approved amendments to the law that provide for the liberalization of the gas market and splitting of LG. Cekanavicius had announced shortly after the approval of amendments that the first test delivery of gas from Lithuania would be carried out within the month.

Latvenergo and LG have both turned to the Public Utilities Commission in regards to the Lithuanian gas supply matter.

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