In cooperation with the UK law-enforcement, the Lithuanian Special Investigation Service (STT) is conducting a large-scale corruption and bribery investigation involving, among other things, a 200-million-euro project carried out by France's engineering group Alstom at the Lithuanian Power Plant in Elektrėnai, STT spokeswoman Renata Saulytė has confirmed.
Rymantas Juozaitis
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The STT on Wednesday carried out searches at the homes of Rymantas Juozaitis, a former CEO of Lietuvos Energija (Lithuanian Energy), and Pranas Noreika, a former CEO of Lietuvos Elektrinė (Lithuanian Power Plant).

According to the STT, there are suspicions that offenses of large-scale corruption and bribery were committed during the implementation of high-value international projects at the-then Lietuvos Elektrinė and Lietuvos Energija between 2004 and 2009.

The Alstom Group several years ago was charged in the UK with corruption in Lithuania. Lietuvos Energijos Gamyba (Lithuanian Energy Production), formerly Lietuvos Elektrine, said in 2014 that UK bodies had asked in 2013 for information on projects launched at the power plant in 2005 and involving Alstom as a contractor.

Alstom Power, an Alstom subsidiary, and two of its employees in December 2014 were charged with bribery over an eight-year period. The charges are related to Alstom Power's contracts with two Lithuanian companies, Vilmetrona and Lietuvos Elektrinė. The latter has been merged into Lietuvos Energijos Gamyba, a subsidiary of the state energy holding company Lietuvos Energija.

Alstom Power Sweden carried out a flue gas desulphurization project, worth around 200 million euros, at the Elektrėnai plant in 2008.

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