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Policy & Regulation

Sweden’s LNG rejection signals protectionist energy policy

Sweden has refused to open up its gas market to increased competition through LNG supplies in an apparent contradiction of EU gas market objectives Sweden has refused to open up its gas market to increased competition through LNG supplies in an apparent contradiction of EU gas market objectives.
By Christian Ernhede 11 October 2019 Europe & Russia / LNG 0 34673
The port of Gothenburg in Sweden. (Port of Gothenburg)

The Swedish government has rejected plans to connect its Gothenburg LNG terminal to the national gas grid in the wake of local protests against the facility. The €100 million ($111 million) project would have given the facility the capacity to send 2.4 million cubic metres per day (MMcm/d) into the Swedish grid and was scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020. The rejection raises questions about the future integration of the Swedish gas network with Denmark and its utilisation of the Baltic Pipe.

The rejection...