Lithuanian LNG terminal operator KN and SK E&S, the energy unit of South Korean conglomerate SK Group, have signed a framework deal on cooperation opportunities in the field of international LNG business development.
According to a statement by KN, the two firms signed the deal during a visit by a delegation from SK Group to Lithuania.
Under the deal, KN and SK E&S aim to collaborate and exchange expertise and information, with the aim of jointly developing business opportunities across the LNG value chain, specifically, in the area of development of LNG infrastructure projects and open new LNG trading opportunities, it said.
Furthermore, the possibility of cooperation on renewable energy, clean hydrogen, and carbon capture projects is also under consideration, KN said.
As part of agreement, the collaboration will involve the exchange of information on international opportunities related to LNG terminals by jointly conducting assessment of such opportunities.
KN and SK E&S are also exploring the potential for collaboration on the development of a green energy hub in Eastern Europe.
As part of this exploration, the two firms will consider a joint feasibility study to assess the potential for projects related to hydrogen, energy storage systems, and low-carbon LNG, it said.
Europe and Southeast Asia
KN’s CEO Darius Šilenskis said that both companies have a “keen interest” in collaborating on the development of LNG terminal projects worldwide, particularly in Europe and Southeast Asia.
KN operates the FSRU-based LNG import facility in Klaipeda and is involved in other LNG terminal projects in Europe and Latin America.
As the LNG terminal market continues to expand, KN is actively seeking new opportunities to participate in international LNG projects, he said.
“Given our expertise and experience in LNG terminal development, coupled with a solid understanding of the EU regulatory environment, we can provide valuable support to SK E&S seeking to expand their markets through LNG project development,” Šilenskis said.