‘The power grid to Sweden is more important for Lithuania than that to Poland’
As the business daily Verslo Zinios also reported today the owners of NDX Energija, the private equity company seeking to join the new nuclear power plant contraction project, doubt whether the new Lithuanian power plant would be launched in 2015. The Vice President of the company Mr Marcinkevicius urged the authorities to give fresh impetus to the building of power bridges linking Lithuania’s power system with those of Poland and especially to that of Sweden.
Mr Marcinkevicius stated in the article that the construction of new nuclear power plant should not throw the problems with power bridges building into the background. “The questions that need to be solved include power connections, electricity supply to consumers after the closure of Ignalina nuclear power plant and the new nuclear power plant. If we concentrate on the construction of new plant today, it might actually be build in approximately 10 years. However, I am not saying that this should not be done.”
He agreed that the new nuclear power plant project would be beneficial to Lithuania’s energy system if implemented properly. Yet, he singled out the building of power grids as the key today’s project. The businessman emphasised that the power grid project to Sweden is much more important for Lithuania than the grid to Poland because of the state the Polish electricity network.
Mr Marcinkevicius pointed out that the conditions of the Polish electricity network and the Polish roads are very similar. Furthermore, the power grid with Poland is going to connect Lithuania only to the Northern Poland, but not to the Western European power gird system. However, the businessman stated that he is not against the project with Poland. ‘We should continue negotiations with both (Sweden and Poland) countries.
I would like to draw your attention that Polish side is more than sceptical about planned NDX Energija’s participation in the new nuclear power plant contraction project.