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Residents, environmentalists to fight Croatia's LNG terminal

Gasoil News - Published on Mon, 18 Mar 2019

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Reuters reported that residents and municipal authorities on the Croatian island of Krk, a major tourist destination, have vowed to fight the construction of a floating liquefied natural gas terminal due to begin in a few weeks. The government decided in January to co-finance the terminal at the town of Omisalj with EUR 100 million. The European Union is also providing 101.4 million euros for a project that aims to reduce Croatia's dependence on Russian gas imports.

Omisalj mayor Ms Mirela Ahmetovic said the floating terminal violated urban planning rules, which come under the control of the municipal authorities. The government had also not conducted a proper environmental study. The town has asked the Constitutional Court to assess whether a law the government recently approved to accelerate the project is unconstitutional.

Environmentalists in Omisalj managed to halt plans to build a port at the town for Russia's oil exports 15 years ago.

Croatian Energy and Environment Minister, Mr Tomislav Coric insists the project will not harm the environment. The terminal is due to start operating on Jan. 1, 2021, despite weak initial demand. So far it has received binding bids for just 0.52 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas per year. Its overall capacity is planned at 2.5 bcm.

The terminal targets southeastern and central European markets, besides Croatia which consumes 2.7 bcm of gas annually.

An environmental group from Krk said the negative environmental effects of the floating terminal were clear.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 18 Mar 2019
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