May 23 (SeeNews) - Slovenia is in talks for the import of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Qatar through the Rovigo terminal in Italy, Slovenian infrastructure minister Jernej Vrtovec said.
"Krk is not the only story we talk about. I would also mention the Rovigo LNG terminal owned by Qatar," Vrtovec said in a video file posted on the website of public broadcaster RTV on Saturday.
Last week, Slovenian gas wholesaler Geoplin lost the tender for booking additional capacities at the Krk LNG terminal in Croatia, thwarting Ljubljana's efforts to deal with a potential energy crisis that could occur in the autumn if the war in Ukraine continues and the EU does not lift the sanctions against Russia. The tender was won by Croatian privately-owned natural gas trader Prvo Plinarsko Drustvo (PPD).
"I can say that talks are underway, but I will not talk about any price. Qatar is ready to cooperate," Vrtovec said.
After meeting with Qatari energy minister Saad Sherida al-Kaabi in Doha in March, Vrtovec said that Slovenia hopes to shortly start importing natural gas from Qatar via LNG terminals in the northern Adriatic, but needs to first ensure free terminal capacity.
The Rovigo LNG terminal is operated by Italian company GNL Adriatico, owned by Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil and Snam.
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