MEPs call for ‘rig­or­ous’ LNG safety rules

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

In a report call­ing for an EU strat­egy for LNG and gas stor­age, a vast ma­jor­ity of mem­bers of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment called for “rig­or­ous har­monised safety rules and train­ing for LNG stor­age”.

In a state­ment, PN MEPs wel­comed the vote, un­der­lin­ing that the report also “em­pha­sises the need for im­pact assess­ments to be made to as­cer­tain the added value of con­struct­ing new LNG trans­port and stor­age in­fra­struc­ture”.

“It is good that the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment has ac­knowl­edged that safety rules and im­pact assess­ments are para­mount with LNG and that MEPs un­der­lined that the added value of any new LNG in­fra­struc­ture must first be as­cer­tained. This is im­por­tant in Malta’s con­text where Kon­rad Mizzi’s gas tanker is both un­nec­es­sary and more ex­pen­sive,” said the PN MEPs.

“In Malta the is­sue is that rather than pro­vid­ing elec­tric­ity through con­tin­u­ing with the Gas Pipe­line project or through the in­ter­con­nec­tor, this Labour gov­ern­ment in­sists on berthing a mas­sive LNG tanker in the mid­dle of Marsaxlokk Bay. This will af­fect peo­ple’s daily lives in the re­gion and would mean elec­tric­ity is gen­er­ated at a much higher cost,” added the PN MEPs.

Liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas is the way for­ward MEP Miriam Dalli

Liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas is the ideal fuel al­ter­na­tive to reach the EU’s en­ergy and cli­mate tar­gets, Labour MEP Miriam Dalli said dur­ing a ple­nary ses­sion of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment which dis­cussed a report on the EU’s strat­egy on LNG and gas stor­age.

Dr Dalli said this re­source is the way for­ward to sub­stan­tially re­duce Car­bon Diox­ide (CO2) emis­sions, and re­place the cur­rent fuel-based sys­tem with a low-car­bon fu­ture. The fact that LNG is be­ing fore­seen to run ve­hi­cles and mar­itime ves­sels fur­ther backs this no­tion.

“This strat­egy ac­knowl­edges that LNG and gas stor­age will con­trib­ute to­wards end­ing en­ergy iso­la­tion that af­fects mem­ber states such as Malta and Cyprus. This re­flects a key ob­jec­tive of the EU’s En­ergy Union that all mem­ber states should have ac­cess to liq­uid gas mar­kets, as agreed in a di­rec­tive adopted ear­lier this year,” MEP Miriam Dalli said.

She ex­plained that this is an ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy where the global mar­ket is still boom­ing, and the EU and its mem­ber states should not sim­ply stay out of it.

Dr Dalli con­cluded that as in­di­cated in the report dis­cussed in this week’s ple­nary ses­sion, use of LNG in­stead of a fu­el­based sys­tem will bring more sta­ble and com­pet­i­tive en­ergy prices, a re­duc­tion in CO2 emis­sions and fur­ther long-term eco­nomic ben­e­fits.

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