On January 1, Croatia began the commercial use of the LNG terminal built on Krk island, previously accepting the first batch of liquefied natural gas from the United States. Interfax reported that with a reference to LNG Hrvatska doo company.
According to Gas Infrastructure Europe, four million cubic meters of gas reached the European gas transport system over the first day of the terminal's use. The fuel was shipped in from the U.S. factory Cove Point; Tristar Ruby tanker delivered the supplies.
Hrvatska elektroprivreda d.d. (85%) and Plinacro d.o.o. (15%) share ownership of the facility. Initially, the terminal's capacity was supposed to make 4-6 million tons per year; however, later it was reconfigured into 2.6 mln tons per year. Croatia consumes 2.9 billion cubic meters of gas per year.
The loading capacity of the terminal is related to possible supplies to other European countries, including Hungary and Ukraine. National gas operators of these countries plan to create opportunities for transporting gas from this terminal to Ukraine. It would let Ukraine and Hungary create another route of gas supplies to Ukraine from alternative sources.