20:00 / 04.04.2022.

Author: Katja Miličić

Croatia and Slovenia forge closer energy ties

The LNG terminal on Krk

The LNG terminal on Krk

Foto: HTV / HRT

Economy and Sustainable Development Minister Tomislav Ćorić and Slovenia's Infrastructure Minister Jernej Vrtovec discussed ways to strengthen energy cooperation after Russia's invasion of Ukraine disrupted Europe's energy plans.

During a meeting on the island of Krk on Monday, Ćorič and Vrtovec agreed to cooperate on energy diversification and security by forming a joint working group on energy issues.

"In intensive talks in recent weeks, we have expressed interest in leasing capacity in the LNG terminal on Krk. We are aware that the diversification of gas supply cannot come overnight, but we believe that we can solve a third of Slovenia's gas needs in this way, we hope this year," said Vrtovec.

The importance of the Krk LNG terminal and JANAF's infrastructure is becoming more evident in this time of crisis, Ćorić said.

"This terminal was built so that Croatia, its neighbors, and southern Europe, could have an alternative supply route. It pleases us that this alternative supply route has fully met its purpose and will continue to do so in the coming decades. We also hope that Slovenia will further reduce its dependence on one gas supply source, like Croatia and Hungary have already done,” Ćorić said.

Slovenia is looking to secure an additional 300 million cubic meters of natural gas per year. Croatia has also said it would support Slovenia if it wanted to expand the Krško nuclear power plant in the future but it did not want any nuclear facilities on its territory.

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