Prague wants to be less dependent on Russian gas and plans to take a stake in the LNG terminal – EURACTIV.com

The Czech government wants to take a stake in an LNG terminal in a neighboring country to diversify its energy supplies. Since Germany and Poland are the only two neighboring countries currently building LNG terminals, Czechia will probably favor 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 capacity, according to Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský (Pirates, Greens). “I can imagine that the Czech Republic would enter into a long-term contract to no longer depend 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 gas pipeline. Natural gas plays a crucial transitional role in the decarbonisation of many European economies, including Germany and the Czech Republic.

In the current geopolitical context, the Czech government is convinced that the dependence of European countries on Russian gas must be reduced.

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

Prague is now expected to approach Berlin with an offer to invest in German LNG infrastructure. However, investing in new fossil fuel infrastructure could be troublesome for the Greens in Germany’s new government.

(Aneta Zachová | EURACTIV.cz)

Berta D. Wells