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Lithuania puts US LNG imports on hold

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According to Reuters, Lithuania has had to put off plans to import US LNG, because the LNG is more calorific than the Russian equivalent, which the state gas system was built to accommodate.

Reuters reports that Ernesta Dapkiene, a spokeswoman for Lietuvos Energija, said: “We are not buying gas from the US at the moment, because the gas they are offering at the moment does not meet specifications needed for our gas distribution system.

They are still testing their liquefaction equipment, and at the moment they cannot ensure the chemical composition of gas, which is needed for Lithuania.

We believe that once the testing phase is over, they will be able to meet our specifications.”

Reuters claims that this test phase could last between 4 – 6 months. Nonetheless, once complete, a long-term contract between Cheniere and LNG shipping company, BG Group, could be signed. Litgas, which is the LNG import arm of Lietuvos Energija, has been discussing LNG deliveries with Cheniere from its Sabine Pass export plant in Louisiana, US.

Edited from various sources by David Rowlands

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