Lithuania is not considering building a new nuclear power plant in Visaginas on its own, without Latvia and Estonia, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius said on Wednesday.
Algirdas Butkevičius
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"We are not discussing this issue and we are not speaking about implementing this project only with Hitachi. This facility can only be built together with Latvia, Estonia and Hitachi," he told reporters after the Cabinet's meeting.

Energy Minister Rokas Masiulis also said on Žinių Radijas earlier in the day that the Visaginas project remained a regional one and that the government saw it as a joint project of the Baltic countries.

The business daily Verslo Žinios on Wednesday cited sources as saying that the Energy Ministry had started to look at whether Lithuania could carry out the Visaginas project with just one partner, Japan's Hitachi.

According to the paper, two options are being considered. One would be for Lithuania and Hitachi to own 50 percent of shares in the plant each and the other would be for the country to hold an 80 percent stake.

The Lithuanian government in the summer of 2011 chose Hitachi as a strategic investor in a new nuclear power plant, but Lithuanian voters did not back the project in a non-binding referendum held a year later.

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