Activists, investors clash over construction of LNG terminal in Slovakia

LNG terminals are usually located on the coast, like here in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. [EPA / Lex van Lieshout]

As activists from Greenpeace Slovakia and other organisations protested the construction of a new LNG (liquified natural gas) terminal in Bratislava over the weekend, with investors arguing that the terminal would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help make the shipping industry more environmentally friendly.

According to the Verejné prístavy – an investor behind the project – natural gas will play a role in replacing the oil as a fuel for ships. 

The LNG terminal worth €40 million is set to be built in the Bratislava port on the Danube, close to the city centre. 

But this was not the first protest against the project as another one was held just last month, with the largest taking place in June. 

The investor expects to start construction next year. The terminal should be built by 2026 and become fully operational in the same year. 

However, protesters have criticised the terminal’s potential long lifespan of 20 years that can last to up to 40 years with various degrees of repairs, saying it does not reflect the goal of carbon neutrality for 2050.

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