No ultimatums from Latvia to Lithuania on the new nuclear plant

July 25, 2007 at 3:19 pm 4 comments

Ignalina N-Plant Mr Juriis Strods, Minister of Economy of Latvia is visiting Lithuania. The main topic of discussions with this Lithuanian counterpart was the new N-Plant project in Lithuania.  The first reactor of the new plant could go online in 2015. It is planned that the facility will have a total capacity of around 3,200 megawatts, but that is yet to be decided, based on the results of the feasibility study and environmental requirements.Latvia, a partner in the planned construction of a new nuclear power plant in Lithuania, has no categorical requirements regarding either its ownership stake in the company that will operate the facility or the amount of electricity the country will have access to.

“The percentage (size of the stake) is not a question of principle for us at the moment. We want a certain amount of electrical power, but we will see after the feasibility study is completed. We will then continue our talks as to what percentage we get, how much we contribute and what amount of energy we receive,” Latvian Economics Minister Jurijs Strods said after a meeting with his Lithuanian counterpart, Vytas Navickas, in Vilnius on Wednesday.Strods said that Latvia would need around 500 megawatts of electricity, but added that the amount of energy, as well as the size of its stake in the operating company, was an issue for negotiations.

“For Latvia, it is more an energy independence project than a commercial project,” the Latvian minister said. Poland said last weekend that it would need about one-third of the new plant’s capacity or else it could pull out of the project.Lithuanian Economy Minister Navickas said that the partners were not yet discussing Poland’s possible withdrawal from the project and its replacement with a new partner.  The Polish ultimatum has put Vilnius in uncomfortable situation since the feasibility study  on the total capacity of the N plant will determine amount of Kilowatts it could produce.  Planned 3,200 MW could be too optimistic number.


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

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  • 1. Albert  |  July 25, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    Thanks for report and information, Ruslanas. I wish Latvia and Lithuania all possible independence – but the use of nuclear energy will bring nothing good to us. Not only to Lithuania. Too many problems, always dangerous waste, just poeple who want to earn money on cost of others. And at the end: the energy costs will not be cheaper.

  • 2. Ruslanas Iržikevičius  |  July 25, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    Dear Albert,

    It is difficult to disagree with you but as you know the Baltic States are used to the ‘spoils’ of the nuclear power. However, Ignalina power plant will have to be shut down at the end of 2009 and there are not too many alternatives for the Balts. The Baltic States already have a name of the ‘Energy islands’ in the EU context.

    Once Ignalina is shut the Balts will become even more dependent on energy exports from Russia. Hence something had to be done, knowing that Russia is changing and getting stronger. And as you know from history, once Russia is getting stronger it is a very bad news for the Baltic nations.

    Only concern is that Russia will make all possible attempts to join the new N plant ‘through the back door, or window’. The other concern is the safety, hence it should be in the interest of the Scandinavians and the Germans to take part in the project.

    The nuclear waste, yes, this is a problem now, but could be an asset in the future.

    Best regards,

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