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Croatia LNG faces local opposition

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According to the latest Reuters report, residents and local authorities of Krk have stepped up their opposition to Croatia LNG’s construction of a floating LNG terminal on the Croatian island.

In January, Croatia LNG secured government co-financing of €100 million for the project, located at the town Omisalj. According to reports the EU has also pledged €101.4 million. The EU hopes that the project will reduce Croatia’s dependence on imports of gas from Russia.

The mayor of Omisalj, Mirela Ahmetovic, has declared that the floating LNG project violates urban planning rules which fall within the remit of municipal authorities. Claims have also been made that a thorough environmental study was not carried out.

As a result of these concerns, the Constitutional Court has been asked by the town to assess whether the government’s recent law accelerating the progress of the project is in fact unconstitutional.

Despite weak demand, the terminal is scheduled to commence operations in January 2021. A total of 0.52 billion m3 of gas per year has been secured in binding bids, out of a possible total capacity of 2.5 billion m3.

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