Slovenia is not planning for now to connect to the floating LNG terminal to be built off Omisalj on the northern Croatian Adriatic island of Krk, but welcomes any additional energy source, Slovenian media say.
Croatia has been approved a grant of EUR 102 million from EU funds, a third of the amount required for the project, and is seeking investors. Slovenia and its energy company Geoplin have not applied so far, but it welcomes any additional energy source that will increase the security of supply, the Siol.net website quoted the Slovenian Ministry for Infrastructure as saying.
Connecting to a future gas pipeline that would transport gas from the LNG terminal in Croatia to Slovenia would require Slovenia to build a new strong compressor station, which is not planned for now, otherwise the LNG gas would have to be transported by road and converted back to gaseous form, Slovenian media say.
“Slovenia made a big mistake when it refused an offer for the installation of an LNG terminal in Koper, and Croatia has now gained a great advantage over Slovenia in energy terms,” energy expert Peter Novak told Siol.net. He said that throughout Europe the focus would increasingly be on the use of liquefied natural gas, and every large port would have to have an LNG terminal./IBNA