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Closer liquefied natural gas terminal better for Latvia

Daniels Pavluts. Photo: Edijs Palens/LETA.
 RIGA, Dec 21 - For practical considerations, the closer the regional liquefied natural gas terminal, the better, Economy Minister Daniels Pavluts points out in an interview with "Nozare.lv", asked which country mentioned by the European Commission's consultants - Estonia or Finland - is more suitable for Latvia.
Pavluts explains that the goal is to achieve an alternative source of gas supply as soon as possible. From this point of view, a project which requires an undersea connection is definitely less attractive than a project which envisages building a nearby terminal, added the minister.
If the terminal is built in Finland, an undersea connection between Estonia and Finland - "BalticConnector" - will be required.
From a technical point of view and in terms of time, the choice is simple. The goal is an open gas market, said the minister.
Pavluts, however, added that, if the project's implementation rate and costs are set as priorities, Latvia's solution is more attractive. "Of course, on international and regional levels there are also other considerations. We have our opinion, but I do not want to discredit the work of the consultants. I am very grateful to the European Commission that the study was carried out and a basis for discussions was created," points out the minister.
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