Sergey Kondratiev, Deputy Head of the Economic Department of the Institute for Energy and Finance, commented on the development of the Kaliningrad region economy to Vzglyad.ru.
Russia ensured the energy security of the region. Gas goes to the Kaliningrad region through Lithuania via the Minsk-Vilnius-Kaunas-Kaliningrad gas pipeline. Now deliveries are in the standard volume. However, if necessary, Kaliningrad will be provided with gas even without this pipeline. With the potential blocking of gas transit by the Lithuanian side, Gazprom will be able to switch completely to LNG supplies to the Kaliningrad region, this scheme was already tested last year, Sergey Kondratiev said.
The Marshal Vasilevsky floating regasification unit recently arrived in the region, as well as two gas carriers with Gazprom's LNG shipments. These ships can carry about 510,000 cubic meters of gas. This is enough to meet the needs of the Kaliningrad region for more than 75 days. And this is without taking into account gas reserves in the local underground storage.
“There will be no problems with electricity either. The Ministry of Energy and Inter RAO have previously made efforts to diversify the region's fuel mix. Not only Kaliningradskaya TPP, but also Mayakovskaya and Primorskaya TPPs operate here. They can use not only gas, but also coal. There are accumulated coal reserves, and it can be delivered by sea. The current capacity of the region is enough for self-sufficiency in energy with a margin. In recent years, Kaliningrad was no longer an importer, but even became an exporter of electricity to Lithuania,” Sergey Kondratiev says.
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