Prague seeks less dependency on Russian gas, plans stake in LNG terminal

Prague is now expected to approach Berlin with an offer of investments in German LNG infrastructure. [Radoslaw Maciejewski / Shutterstock]

The Czech government wants to buy a stake in an LNG terminal in a neighbouring country to diversify its energy supplies. With Germany and Poland being the only two neighbouring countries currently building LNG terminals, Czechia will likely favour cooperation with Berlin.

The heated dispute over the Turów coal mine and the missing infrastructure between Czechia and Poland makes a deal between the two countries unlikely.

It is in the “vital interest of the Czech Republic” to have LNG import capacities, according to Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský (Pirates, Greens). “I can imagine that the Czech Republic would commit to some long-term contract to be free from dependence on Russian gas,” Lipavský told Hospodářské noviny.

The EU imports more than 40% of its natural gas from Russia. This figure could increase with the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Natural gas plays a crucial transitional role in decarbonising many European economies, including Germany and Czechia.

Amid the current geopolitical situation, the Czech government is convinced that European countries’ dependency on Russian gas should be reduced.

“We cannot be, and we do not want to be one-way dependent on Russian gas,” said Prime Minister Petr Fiala after he met with European Council President Charles Michel last week.

Prague is now expected to approach Berlin with an offer of investments in German LNG infrastructure. However, investing in new fossil fuel infrastructure could be troublesome with the Greens in the new German government.

(Aneta Zachová | EURACTIV.cz)

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