ZAGREB, 20 May 2022 – Slovenian gas operator Geoplin has failed to acquire the remaining spare capacity at the LNG terminal on the island of Krk, so it will probably have to turn to other sources to end its dependence on Russian natural gas, Slovenian media report. reported on Friday.
The second largest Slovenian wholesale supplier of natural gas, Geoplin, remained “empty-handed” in the tender for the remaining vacant capacity in Omišalj. (STA) with reference to local media.
The fact that Geoplin did not get capacity at the LNG terminal on Krk is a big blow to Slovenia’s plans to overcome the energy crisis that could occur in the autumn if the war in Ukraine continues and the EU does not lift sanctions on Russia, media say.
Hrvoje Krhen, General Manager of the Krk LNG Terminal, told Hina that he was not allowed to comment on business relations, and that Geoplin was not a user of the LNG terminal.
“Geoplin is not a user of the terminal, but we can, like everyone else, supply it with gas through any of our users,” said the director.
Today, Slovenia gets most of its gas from Russia, based on Geoplin’s long-term contract with Gazprom.
In early April, former Croatian Economy Minister Tomislav Coric said after a meeting with Slovenian Infrastructure Minister Jernej Vrtovec that Slovenia was “very interested” in gas from the LNG terminal on Krk. Ćorić then said that the terminal provided 300 million m3 of additional capacity, for which a tender was published.
Vrtovec said that Slovenia was considering diversifying its gas supply so that it would not depend on supplies from one country, Russia. He emphasized that the LNG terminal would increase its capacity and publish a tender for 300 million m3 of gas, and that Slovenia was very interested in being part of this agreement.
Infrastructure for an additional 300 million cubic meters of natural gas already exists, Vrtovec said at the time, adding that Slovenia would be able to meet almost a third of its gas needs through a liquefied natural gas terminal off the island of Krk in the northern Adriatic.
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