Russia has not yet been able to get rid of its dependence on the gas transmission system of Lithuania and Belarus, through which gas supplies go to the Kaliningrad region. Even the launch of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal did not help. According to the Interfax news agency , gas supplies through pipelines in Lithuania are still underway.
The agency cites data from the Lithuanian gas transmission operator Amber Grid, which records the continuation of gas supplies through the pipeline to Kaliningrad. On Wednesday, January 9, the Russian enclave received 4 million cubic meters of gas through this pipeline. Deliveries continue on Thursday, January 10th.
Moreover, gas supplies continued even on the day of the ceremonial launch of the LNG terminal on January 8. The opening ceremony was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin and the head of the Gazprom state company, Alexey Miller . Amber Grid data indicate that the transit stopped only on January 6, but subsequently deliveries resumed.
On Wednesday, January 9, Miller announced to Putin that after the launch of the LNG terminal, the gas pipeline Minsk-Vilnius-Kaunas-Kaliningrad was completely shut off. The installation for the regasification of liquefied natural gas in a pipeline called “Marshal Vasilevsky” is the first and only of its kind. It was created on the basis of a gas transportation tanker, and the main goal is to rid the Kaliningrad region of its dependence on Lithuania and Belarus. The daily capacity of the marine terminal for receiving natural gas is 13.2 million cubic meters.
In December 2018, it was reported that Marshal Vasilevsky was used to supply Singaporean gas to Russia.