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Tuesday, 21.05.2013, 11:01
Representatives from companies searching for oil deposits in Latvian territorial waters said after a meeting with President Andris Berzins at the House of the Blackheads yesterday that they were optimistic and hopeful, informs LETA.
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In 2012, in Latvia there were 133 active combined heat and power (CHP) plants with total electrical capacity 1021.0 megawatts (MW). Provisional data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia show that 70.1% of the total heat generated by CHP plants were produced in Riga. CHP plants produced 2339 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity and 4688 GWh of heat – 62.9% of the total heat produced.
Estonian economy and communications minister Juhan Parts and Finnish economy minister Jan Vapaavuori agreed at their meeting in Tallinn on Wednesday that in order for treatment of the competing liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal projects of Estonia and Finland to be equal, it is reasonable to carry out an independent assessment by the European Commission, LETA/Postimees Online reports.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė, currently on a working visit to the United States of America, met with the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner, chairs of the congressional committees on foreign affairs and armed forces, and other influential congressmen to discuss regional and energy security issues as well as Lithuanian-U.S. military cooperation, reports BC presidential press service.
PMs of Latvia and the Czech Republic see opportunities to increase economic cooperation between countries17.05.2013
On May 17, during the meeting of Prime Minister of Latvia Valdis Dombrovskis and Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Petr Nečas, both officials shared the opinion that the relations of the two countries should focus on increasing mutual trade and exchange in investments, informs BC press secretary to the Prime Minister Mārtiņš Panke.
The Danube Region covers the territory of 8 EU countries (Germany, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Romania) and six non-EU countries (Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Ukraine and Moldova). Since 2011, the Commission assists the region in overcoming existing social, economic and environmental problems.
Lithuanian electricity transmission system operator Litgrid and international consulting and engineering company Poyry through its subsidiary Poyry SwedPower has signed a contract according to which it will provide technical consulting services during the installation of electricity link (LitPol Link) between Lithuania and Poland, informs LETA/ELTA.
In comparison with the first quarter of 2012, autogas retail sales rose 50% in the first quarter of 2013, informs LETA/Nozare.lv, referring to data from the State Revenue Service.
If Estonia and Finland cannot agree by the end of June on which side of the Gulf of Finland the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal would be built, the chance of getting financing from the current financing round for the project disappears, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
Latvenergo, the joint-stock power company, held a shareholders' meeting today, where a decision was made to pay out the largest part of 2012 profit in dividends to the state, leaving the remaining amount for the company's development, writes LETA/Nozare.lv.
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite together the President of Finland Sauli Niinisto inaugurated the Fortum Klaipeda combined heat and power plant. Located in the Klaipeda Free Economic Zone, the cogeneration plant will burn biomass and waste to produce heat, reports BC the presidential press service.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius met with President of Finland Sauli Vainamo Niinisto who is on a visit to Lithuania. Bilateral relations, cooperation between the Nordic and Baltic States, and priorities of Lithuania's Presidency over the Council of the European Union were discussed during the meeting, informed BC the PM press service.
Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius welcomed Minister-President of the Region of Saxony-Anhalt of the Federal Republic of Germany, Reiner Haselhoff. The meeting primarily focused on economic cooperation between Saxony-Anhalt and Lithuania, reported BC the PM press service.
On Wednesday, the presidents of Lithuania and Finland – Dalia Grybauskaite and Sauli Niinisto – will take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a new waste-to-energy plant in the port city of Klaipeda, YLE said in a report, cites LETA/ELTA.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė and Finnish President Sauli Väinämö Niinistö, who has arrived in Lithuania for a state visit, discussed how to strengthen bilateral relations, the Nordic-Baltic cooperation (NB8) and measures to tackle the debt crisis in the EU. The Presidents also discussed Lithuania's upcoming presidency of the Council of the European Union and the topical issues in energy and business spheres, informed BC presidential press service.