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Lithuania signs agreement to purchase US LNG for the first time

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According to Reuters, Lietuvos Duju Tiekimas (LDT) – the state-owned Lithuanian gas trader – has signed an agreement to purchase LNG directly from the US for the first time.

The delivery is expected to arrive in Lithuainaia in the second half of August 2017. The agreement was signed with a unit of Cheniere Energy, and reportedly comes as part of Lithuania’s plans to diversify its gas suppliers and decrease its reliance on Gazprom.

Reuters reports that LDT, which is a part of Lietuvos Energija – the state-owned energy group – signed an agreement with Koch Supply & Trading in 2016 for LNG supplies throughout 2017.

A spokesman for LDT reportedly spoke to Reuters, claiming that Cheniere Energy was expected to supply the LNG from a US field, adding: “It will be the first time Lithuania imports gas from the US.

"We opted for delivery from Cheniere after evaluating several offers for LNG.”

The LNG that Lithuania receives from the US will reportedly be stored at its Incukalns underground gas storage facility.

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