Croatia could become Central Europe’s energy hub, says PM

Croatia’s floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on the northern Adriatic island of Krk started operating in January 2021. Its original capacity was 2.5 billion cubic metres per year, which has this year been raised to 2.9 bcm, according to Global Energy Monitor. [Shutterstock/xbrchx]

Croatia could become an “energy hub in the northern Adriatic” as Europe seeks to wean itself off Russian energy, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said during a visit to Cyprus on Wednesday.

Croatia’s floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on the northern Adriatic island of Krk started operating in January 2021. Its original capacity was 2.5 billion cubic metres per year, which has this year been raised to 2.9 bcm, according to Global Energy Monitor.

“Thought is being given currently to increasing its (LNG’s) capacity and not just for Croatia but for the needs of countries in Central Europe. Croatia can become an energy hub in the north Adriatic for gas and oil… Europe has to find a new, long-term sustainable alternative to Russia’s energy products at an affordable price,” Plenković said in Cyprus, according to N1 Croatia.

His host, President Nicos Anastasiades, said Cyprus could also help the EU achieve its energy independence, thanks to its inter-connection projects in the Eastern Mediterranean, Total Croatia News reported.

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