Slovenia Waiting for Gas Terminal Documents from Italy24. 7. 2009
Ljubljana - Slovenia is waiting for complete technical documentation of a land-based gas terminal in Aquilinia (Zavlje) near Trieste planned by Italy, said Zoran Kus, state secretary at the Environment Ministry and head of a technical commission tasked with forming Slovenia's position on the planned terminal.
Kus expressed hope that Slovenia will receive the documents in time for a meeting of Slovenian and Italian governments scheduled for 9 September.
"Slovenia still opposes the construction of terminals," Kus stressed and added that Slovenia has not yet seen any documents that would prove that Italy did indeed take into account Slovenia's remarks regarding the gas terminal construction.
The Italian government last week endorsed a plan for the construction of the terminal, which Slovenia fears would have negative cross-border effects on the environment.
The terminal is to include two tanks with a capacity of 140,000 cubic metres each and produce up to eight billions of cubic metres of gas yearly.
Slovenian Environment Minister Karel Erjavec has said after Italy endorsed the construction of terminal that if Slovenian remarks have been considered, there will be no obstacles for the project.