Lithuanian PM – The Baltic States and Poland would agree on the N-Plant
As BNS sighted Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas the Baltic countries and Poland would manage to agree on the distribution of electricity that would be generated by the new nuclear power plant to be built in Lithuania.
“There are no disagreements as to the distribution of shares, there are disputes on the quantities of electricity. Poland has always demanded about 1,000 megawatts. Lithuania also needs slightly more than 1,000 megawatts, partially on security concerns. Meanwhile, the Latvians and the Estonians are satisfied with approximately 500 megawatts each. Overall capacity of two future reactors would exceed 3,000 megawatts, and I think that the energy companies of our countries are able to agree on the volumes of electricity,” Kirkilas said in an interview to the news radio station Ziniu Radijas.
Last weekend Poland said it would need about one-third, or 1,000-1,200 megawatts of new N-plant’s capacity, otherwise it would withdraw from the project. It should be noted that Lithuania would need some 1,250 megawatts in generation capacity after the shutdown of Soviet-era Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP). However, its share should be about 1,050 megawatts as the country would probably hold a 34 percent stake in the new plant. To meet domestic demand, Lithuania would use a new gas turbine at the power plant in Elektrenai.The first unit of new N-plant, which would have the capacity of some 3,200 megawatts, should be launched in 2015. However, the final capacity would be chosen considering the conclusions of feasibility study and environment requirements.