Lithuania's former Energy Minister Rokas Masiulis refrains from commenting on the prime minister's recent critical statements on state-run energy company Lietuvos Energija's (Lithuanian Energy) cogeneration plant projects in Vilnius and Kaunas.
Danpower bureau in Germany
© DELFI

Masiulis, now transport minister, says he had no information on any possible corruption linked to these projects.

"I cannot comment on the prime minister's words, but I can express my opinion. (…) The projects were launched when I became energy minister, and the Finance Ministry, not the Energy Ministry, was in charge of the projects. (…) At the time when I saw them, I had no information on any corruption related to these projects," Masiulis told the parliamentary Anticorruption Commission on Wednesday.

In his words, the Lietuvos Energija projects were aimed at taking the situation in the heating business under control, especially in Vilnius, and attracting "honest investors".

"One key aspect that is worth mentioning was that at the time when the projects were launched, there were grave concerns over dishonest activity of certain private heating companies," Masiulis said.

In May, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis called the Lietuvos Energija projects corrupt. In his words, several waste burning plants in Vilnius and Kaunas of "dubious importance" and "poisoning residents" were more important for certain former government advisers, Lietuvos Energija and representatives of special services, than German energy company Danpower's projects, therefore they decided to eliminate this company.

Nevertheless, the prime minister last week met with Lietuvos Energija CEO Darius Maikštėnas and the latter said after the meeting that his group would take measures to reduce the amount of waste burned at Vilnius plant and its pollution, and would burn more waste in Kaunas. Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas then said more of biofuel would be burnt in Vilnius but the heating price would not rise because of that.

Lithuanian Energy is solely implementing the Vilnius cogeneration plant project, worth 345 million euros, and is also building a cogeneration facility in Kaunas, worth 150 million euros, in cooperation with Fortum Heat Lietuva.

The Vilnius facility should start operating by the end of the next year, and the Kaunas plant would be operational in 2020.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.

Plan to ban use of glyphosate in Lithuania

MP Linas Balsys has registered legislative amendments to ban the use of the controversial weedkiller...

Lithuanian tourists spent EUR 490 mln abroad

Lithuanian tourists spent 489.8 million euros in the first half of this year during foreign trips,...

Hotel market reaches limits for some locations, whereas others still have untapped potential

Inviting foreign guests or business partners to Vilnius today, you should have no problem finding...

Lithuanians shop online more than Latvians, Estonians

The Lithuanians shop online more than the Latvians and Estonians, a new survey by the SEB bank...

Customs officers detain smuggled cigarettes worth almost EUR 2 mln in Kybartai

Lithuanian customs officers detained a shipment of smuggled cigarettes worth almost 2 million...