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Lithuania may begin gas exports to Latvia in the first half of 2016

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUFollowing the ruling of the Supreme Court of Latvia, which allows the import of gas from alternative suppliers to the country, Lithuania may begin exporting gas to Latvia in the first half of 2016. This will depend on the position of Latvijas Gāze, which is partially owned by Russian Gazprom, as announced by Lithuanian Energy Minister Roks Masjulis.

«We welcome the [court’s] ruling. Nevertheless, we also understand that there is a lot of work to do in order to start supplying gas to Latvia. First of all, of course, Latvijas Gāze will have to approve rules in regards to access to the pipeline. The process can begin only after the company does this. We hope it will be done as soon as possible. We would prefer everything to happen in the first half-year,» – he told BNS.

«Those are mostly procedural matters. Technically gas can freely between Latvia and Lithuania even now. If Latvijas Gāze decides to delay the decision-making process, everything will depend on, […] their overall progress. Maybe they won’t delay anything. […] They have to. But if they instead decide to look for different legal reasons to avoid doing anything, they could find something, I suppose,» – said the minister.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court cancelled Administrative Regional Court’s decision in regards to LG’s request for application of temporary protection in the case involving Public Utilities Commission’s approved rules for the use of natural gas infrastructure, which would allow supplies of gas to Latvian consumers from alternative sources, including Lithuania.

With that, LG’s request for temporary protection has been declined. The ruling of the Supreme Court is not subject to appeal.

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