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Slovenia plans to start LNG imports via Croatia's Krk terminal in Oct

Author Radomir Ralev
Slovenia plans to start LNG imports via Croatia's Krk terminal in Oct Jernej Vrtovec; Source: Slovenian Government

LJUBLJANA (Slovenia), April 5 (SeeNews) - Slovenia hopes to start natural gas imports through the Krk liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Croatia in October, Slovenian infrastructure minister Jernej Vrtovec said.

As much as one-third of Slovenia's gas demand could be covered through imports from the Krk LNG terminal, Vrtovec said, according to a video file posted on the website of public broadcaster RTV on Monday.

Through the compressor station in Rogatec, 700,000 cubic metres of gas a day can be delivered to Slovenia (from the Krk LNG terminal), Vrtovec said during a meeting with Croatian economy minister Zdravko Coric in Krk.

Croatia has increased the capacity of the Krk terminal to 2.9 billion cubic metres per year from 2.6 billion cubic metres and would be happy to supply up to 300 million cubic metres a year to Slovenian wholesale natural gas supplier Geoplin, Coric said in the video file.

Last month, Vrtovec said Slovenia hopes to start importing natural gas from Qatar via LNG terminals in the northern Adriatic in a bid to reduce its energy dependence on Russia, but first needs to ensure free terminal capacity.

The LNG terminal on the island of Krk started operating in January 2021. It delivers gas to the Croatian national transmission network, which is connected to fellow EU member states Slovenia, Italy and Hungary, as well as to non-EU members Serbia and Montenegro.

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