The Lithuanian and Polish strategical partnership is on the test

July 24, 2007 at 12:09 pm 4 comments

Baltic States and Poland
There are also some developments in the Nuclear plant building in Lithuania.  In the EU’s Economy ministers meeting in Lisbon, the Polish counterpart invited his colleagues from the Baltic States to announce that    Poland’s participation in the proposed Ignalina nuclear power project hinges on the expected generating power of the new facility.  According to the Polish Minister Poland is interested in the project as long as the generating power is not lower than 1,000-1,200 megawatts, he explained. “Otherwise this project is not useful for the Polish energy system,” he said.
The new facility is to be built jointly by Lithuania, Poland, Latvia and Estonia at a cost of between 2.5bn and 4bn euros. Its generating power is put at between 800 and 1,600 megawatts. Maximum possible strength of the utility could be 3,200MW, but it is very doubtful since there is not enough of the water to cool down such strength.The Minister also said that Poland needs three months to study the Lithuanian law on the new facility passed in late June. Under its provisions Poland and the other non-Lithuanian partners will get 22 per cent of shares in the project.  The Poles declared that this is a final offer, otherwise they will not participate in the project.

It only indicates that Poland is going to be a difficult partner in the project as it is in the EU summits.  The Latvians agree to satisfy their needs with 400-500MWt.  The Lithuanian Minister of Economy hopes that Poland, Latvia, and Estonia would negotiate the sharing of amount of electricity in the future plant.

However, knowing sceptical Riga’s and Tallinn’s attitude of Poland’s participation in the project since very beginning it would be very hard negotiations.  Lithuania maintains a much larger interest in keeping Poland in, since Vilnius is planning to lay a power grid to Poland so Lithuania could get integrated into the Western European Energy system.  In theory the other Baltic states should be interested in this grid also.  Pegging Poland to the Nuclear plant in the future would guarantee Poland’s interest in the grid.  Lithuania had tried to get Poland interested in the grid for a decade but without any success.  Well, not much of the ‘strategic partnership’ between Lithuania and Poland here.

However, if Poland will prove to be difficult Lithuania could break out of the ‘Energy island’ status building a grid to Sweden and connecting to the Scandinavian grid.  The feasibility steady for the grid is taking place at the moment.   PAP, BNS

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Entry filed under: Baltic States, Energy, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Northern Europe, Poland, Politics, Russia.

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