March 19 (Bloomberg) -- Klaipedos Nafta AB, Lithuania’s state-controlled energy terminal operator, hired Latvian construction company AS BMGS to engineer and build port infrastructure for a new natural-gas terminal on the Baltic Sea.
BMGS agreed to complete the work by Oct. 1, 2014 for a maximum price of 27.2 million euros ($35.2 million) plus value-added tax, Klaipedos Nafta said in a statement on the Nasdaq OMX Vilnius exchange. The contract was signed yesterday.
Involvement of a company from Latvia boosts chances that the Baltic neighbor, which has vied with Lithuania and Estonia to host a regional gas terminal, will collaborate in the Lithuanian project, Rokas Masiulis, chief executive officer of the Klaipeda-based terminal operator, said earlier this month.
Lithuania is building the floating liquefied natural-gas terminal to diversify its gas imports and reduce reliance on Russia’s OAO Gazprom. The outcome of a separate tender to build a 20-kilometer (21.8-mile) pipeline linking the terminal to Lithuania’s gas grid is under review by a court in Klaipeda.
Klaipedos Nafta last year agreed with Oslo-based Hoegh LNG to lease a terminal that Hoegh is now building for delivery in late 2014.
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