• 2019 December 23 11:02

    Nordic Investment Bank continues to finance LNG operations in Lithuania

    The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) and Lithuanian liquefied natural gas (LNG) and oil terminal operator AB „Klaipedos Nafta“ (KN) have signed a EUR 134.1 million loan agreement to optimize costs of LNG terminal, KN says in a press release.

    The 25-year maturity loan will be directed to finance the rent payable for the Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU).

    “Through this loan agreement we are continuing to support Lithuania´s security of energy supply, a strategically important objective for our member country”, says Henrik Normann, NIB President & CEO.

    Currently, the FSRU used for LNG import to Lithuania is leased from the Norwegian Höegh LNG on a ten-year arrangement that expires in 2024. Following the Lithuanian government’s decision  to secure a long-term import of LNG to the country, KN Board adopted principle decision to acquire LNG storage unit “Independence” or another floating liquefied natural gas storage unit by 2024 and optimize current costs of the LNG terminal infrastructure.  

    NIB’s funding will cover around EUR 26.8 million of the payments each year during the period 2020–2024, and thus will provide an opportunity to reduce the cost of LNG terminal infrastructure for consumers immediately. The financing will enable equalized tariff levels to be maintained throughout the full lifetime of the terminal, both before and after an FSRU is acquired.

    “As a company of strategic importance, KN will contribute to the common goals of the state – in particular, to contribute to the long-term diversification of gas supply, energy security and independence, as well as to competitive gas prices for consumers. International energy experts confirm that the use of natural gas and LNG as the cleanest fossil fuel for power generation and heavy-duty road transport will play an important role in the transition for the EU to become a climate-neutral economy by 2050. Therefore, it is important for us to find the most cost-effective and sustainable solutions to the reduction of the security supplement of gas supply to ensure the competitiveness of LNG over other forms of energy and fuels”, says Darius Šilenskis, KN CEO.

    This is NIB’s third loan agreement related to LNG infrastructure developments in Lithuania; the first two loans with Klaipedos Nafta AB were signed with in 2014 and 2017, respectively.

    The LNG terminal in Klaipeda, called “Independence”, was inaugurated in 2014. The project was developed to secure the natural gas supply by breaking down the market dominance of a sole supplier.

    The majority state-owned oil and LNG terminal operator KN is one of the largest energy resources logistics companies in the Baltic States.

    NIB is an international financial institution owned by eight member countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. The Bank finances private and public projects in and outside the member countries. NIB has the highest possible credit rating, AAA/Aaa, with the leading rating agencies Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s.




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