Lithuania’s planned imports of liquefied natural gas from Cheniere’s Sabine Pass liquefaction facility in the United States have been delayed due to gas distribution system specifications.
Ernesta Dapkiene, Lietuvos Energija’s spokeswoman, told Reuters that U.S. LNG is currently much more calorific than the Russian gas for which Lithuania’s current gas transmission system has been built.
Litgas, part of the state-owned Lietuvos Energija, signed a master trade agreement with Cheniere in February last year, under which it will purchase LNG from the Sabine Pass export facility which is expected to ship its first cargo in January.
Dapkiene added that testing of the liquefaction equipment at the Sabine Pass facility is still being performed and the chemical composition of gas necessary for Lithuania’s gas transmission system specifications can not yet be ensured.
It is expected that, once the testing phase is completed, a process which could take up to six months, Cheniere will be able to meet Lithuania’s specifications.
LNG World News Staff