Latvia, Estonia to cooperate in gas supply matters

Latvia and Estonia plan to agree on cooperation to ensure the supply of natural gas in times of crisis, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) said after the government meeting on Tuesday, May 9.

The memorandum between the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication and the Latvian Ministry of Climate and Energy is to be signed on Friday, May 12, in Tallinn. Kariņš said that such an agreement would be signed for the first time.

“This will be another step towards strengthening the security situation in the Baltic region,” the Prime Minister said.

Climate and Energy Minister Raimonds Čudars (New Unity) said that cooperation would take place if, due to technical reasons or other unforeseen circumstances, the supply of liquefied natural gas is disrupted. In crisis situations, Latvia and Estonia will use the infrastructure in Paldiski, Estonia. Over the next two months, the representatives of the two countries will agree on more specific cooperation rules and “on the case where both sides will ensure the mooring of the specialized regasification ship at the Paldiski terminal and, if necessary, the supply of natural gas to the region”.

Čudars said that natural gas volumes in the region were sufficient. He also reminded households to be active and to make a choice of the supplier of natural gas, given the fact that as of May 1, Latvia has opened this market to all.

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