PM Siliņa orders check of critical infrastructure

Prime Minister Evika Siliņa (New Unity) has instructed the responsible authorities to check the preparedness of the country's critical infrastructure for potential risks in response to the recently detected damage to the Finnish and Estonian gas pipeline “Balticconnector”.

At a press conference on Wednesday after meeting with President Edgars Rinkēvičs, Siliņa said it was important not to spread rumors and await the results of the investigation carried out by Finland and Estonia regarding the Balticconnector gas pipeline.

Regarding the critical infrastructure of Latvia, Siliņa said she has invited the responsible authorities to “carry out specific inspections” of critical infrastructure both at sea and on land to identify risks “how ready we are.”

“Because clearly, we can never guarantee a hundred percent that nothing could happen on land. But the good news is that for us Inčukalns [underground gas] storage is full. In this way, I could also reassure colleagues in Estonia and Finland that we would have enough gas. Energy is enough for us right now to be safe this winter,” Siliņa said.

In relation to the draft law on the repeal of the Skulte liquefied natural gas terminal law, which was still about to be directed to the Saeima last week, but in response to the Balticconnector damage, the progress of it was paused, Siliņa said that the opinion of the Saeima National Security Committee regarding the necessity of the Skulte Terminal will also be taken into account.

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