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20 Dec 2016

Economy to determine Belarusian electricity export to Lithuania

Economy to determine Belarusian electricity export to Lithuania

MINSK, 20 December (BelTA) – Economic advisability instead of politics should be the overriding concern in deliberations about the possible export of electricity the Belarusian nuclear power plant will generate to Lithuania, BelTA learned from Belarusian Deputy Energy Minister Vadim Zakrevsky on 20 December.

Asked about Lithuania’s statements about the idea, the official noted: “If buying electricity is profitable for a country, I think the country should make the relevant conclusions. But the political vector affects the situation despite economic advisability.”

In his words, it is up to every country to decide whether it has to import electricity or not since such decisions affect energy security and independence. In turn, Belarus does its best to implement the nuclear power plant construction project. “We stay ready to export electricity to the Baltic states as long as the BRELL [Belarus, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania] power ring remains intact. If the countries are willing, they will naturally be able to get electricity,” added the Belarusian Deputy Energy Minister.

The Belarusian nuclear power plant is a project to build a VVER-1200 type nuclear power plant 18km away from Ostrovets, Grodno Oblast. The BelNPP will have two power-generating units with the total output capacity of up to 2,400MW (2x1,200MW).

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