The Latvian government has excluded consortium of the Kaunas-based company KRS and the Belarusian company Beltruboprovodstroy from the tender for the construction of the Gas Interconnection Poland–Lithuania (GIPL). The reason for that was the business ties of the Belarusian company with the Russian companies and contacts with legal and physical persons who “present a risk to Latvia”.
The consortium was offering the lowest bid price— 74.9 million euros (without VAT), reports DELFI news agency. However, in early July Latvian authorities indicated that the deal with this contractor does not meet the interests of national security, notes Baltic News Service.
The government explained that the companies working on the GIPL project would get access to the country’s strategic infrastructure — the gas pipeline, cranes, compressor station in Jauniūnai, as well as to the computer management system of the country’s gas pipelines (SCADA).