Lithuanian lawmakers have voted to buy a floating liquefied natural gas terminal that has been providing gas to the Baltic nation as it tries to reduce its reliance on Russian energy.
In Tuesday's 99-1 vote with 17 lawmakers abstaining, parliament voted to buy the 300-meter (984-foot) Independence from a Norwegian company, Hoegh LNG AS. The terminal has been docked off Lithuania's coast since 2014 and is used to supply natural gas from Norway.
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The vessel is estimated to cost some 308 million euros ($349 million). Lithuania plans to buy it by 2025.
In 2017, Russia's state-owned Gazprom accounted for about 54 percent of all energy supplies to Lithuania. Some 61.3 percent of all gas was imported via the Independence terminal.