aA
Commenting on Minsk's statement that negotiations are underway with neighbors on the supply of electricity from its yet-to-be-finished Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant, the Lithuanian Energy Ministry reiterated on Wednesday that it is not holding any talks with Belarus and that a law bans selling power imported from the facility on the Lithuanian market.
At the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant building site
At the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant building site
© Sputnik / Scanpix

"Well before the launch of operations by the Astravyets NPP, concrete administrative and regulatory measures will be worked out and adopted to prevent direct access for electricity from Belarus to the market of Lithuania and, hence, of the EU as a whole. There should be no doubt about this," Aurėlija Vernickaitė, spokeswoman for the Lithuanian energy minister, told BNS.

"Moreover, under the existing agreements between transmission system operators of the Baltic countries, trading of third-country electricity in these countries is only possible through Lithuania", she said.

The Lithuanian parliament in June 2017 passed a law declaring the Astravyets plant, under construction just 50 kilometers from Vilnius, a threat to national security, environment and public health.

The government in September 2017 endorsed an action plan for blocking electricity imports from the Astravyets facility. The plan calls for restricting the transmission capacity for electricity from Belarus, imposing a cross-border transmission charge on power imports from it and banning the Kruonis Pumped Storage Plant from providing services to the neighboring country.

Belarusian Deputy Energy Minister Olga Prudnikova said on Wednesday that the country was in talks with neighbors on power supplies from the Astravyets plant. Belarus plans to switch on its first reactor in mid-2019, with the second one to be put into operation in mid-2020.

According to Prudnikova, Belarus has exported more that 700 million kilowatt-hours of electricity to Lithuania since the start of this year.

Lithuania is the main critic of the Astravyets plant, saying that the project fails to meet international safety standards, but Minsk rejects the criticism.

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

President: South Korean specialists will share knowledge, experience with Lithuania

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda says he has agreed with his South Korean counterpart that the...

Medical workers fighting COVID-19 to get 15 pct pay rise

Lithuanian medical workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic will get a 15 percent pay...

Coronavirus cases in Lithuania reach 437

The Ministry of Health announces that till Sunday morning, 29th March, there were 437 confirmed...

Lithuanians invited to celebrate Easter by uniting in prayer online

Lithuanian Catholic bishops have invited the faithful to celebrate the Easter season by joining in...

5th death of coronavirus confirmed in Lithuania

On Friday, 27th March, 5th death of coronavirus confirmed in Lithuania.

Top news

Coronavirus cases in Lithuania reach 437

The Ministry of Health announces that till Sunday morning, 29th March, there were 437 confirmed...

President: South Korean specialists will share knowledge, experience with Lithuania

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda says he has agreed with his South Korean counterpart that the...

Sociologist Audronė Telešienė: stay connected and choose reliable information sources

After the World Health Organization (WTO) declared the COVID-19 virus outbreak a pandemic,...

Avalanche of ideas developed in 'Hack the Crisis' hackathon

One of the most important tasks for hackathon organizers was to identify the most pressing issues,...

Lithuania and some other EU countries ask for Mobility Package postponement

Lithuania and "like-minded" EU member states are urging the bloc's bodies to postpone the...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina