With Latvia's natural gas market opened for competition and a discount obtained by Lithuania from Russia's gas giant Gazprom set to expire, LNG' share of the Baltic gas market is likely to grow and consumption of gas supplied by pipeline is likely to decline, an Eesti Energia official reported on April 7, 2017.
Tihane would not disclose whether Eesti Energia had concluded any LNG purchase contracts, but he said that the company was looking to buy LNG via the Klaipeda terminal and store it at Latvia's Incukalns gas storage facility.
The head of gas sales said that Gazprom's pricing policy, which he described as «the square root of the customer's friendliness», was among the reasons for the LNG market expansion.
In his words, the formula under which the Russian giant sells gas is very complex and makes prices almost unpredictable.
After Gazprom's discount of about 20 % on gas supplies to Lithuania, which was given in 2014, ends, Eesti Energia's subsidiary Enefit plans to sell gas in Lithuania.
According to Tihane, Enefit will initially hold less than 10 % of the market, but it plans to expand after a common Baltic gas market starts functioning in 2020.