Posts tagged as Astravyets NPP

Lithuania asks US support on Astravyets NPP issue

Friday, September 18, 2020

The US Department of Energy is well-informed about Belarus’ Astravyets nuclear power plant (NPP) project, and Lithuania is asking for American support in ensuring the facility is run safely, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said. Linkevičius met with US Deputy Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes during his visit to Washington on Thursday, the Foreign Ministry said. “The Department of Energy is well-informed about the situation in Astravyets,” the minister said…

How Lithuania fought and failed to stop Belarusian nuclear project

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

In 2008, Belarus announced its intentions to build a nuclear power plant, some 50 kilometres from the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. But even in 2010, Lithuanian politicians were sceptical that the facility would be built. “I had an opportunity to cross Belarus by bike and visit the construction site of the Astravyets NPP during my summer vacation,” said former Lithuanian Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius in his interview to LRT RADIO in…

Minsk to export nuclear energy to other markets due to Baltic boycott

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Belarus will export electricity to foreign markets after the launch of Astravyets nuclear power plant, the country’s Deputy Energy Minister Mikhail Mikhadyuk said last week. The statement came after the Baltic states agreed to block Belarusian nuclear imports. Mikhadyuk said that various options for exporting Astravyets electricity were now being considred, Belarusian state news agency BelTA reported on September 3. “I am confident that with the introduction of the nuclear…

Lithuanian president urges EU’s Michel to get personally involved in Astravyets NPP issue

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has called on the European Council President Charles Michel to get personally involved in addressing the safety issues of the Astravyets nuclear power plant in Belarus. “I am asking for your personal involvement at the highest political level and for immediate action to protect the safety and well-being of the EU citizens,” Nausėda wrote in a letter to Michel on Monday. According to the Lithuanian president,…

EU to help Baltics resolve dispute over Astravyets NPP

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The EU will present an offer to the Baltic states in an effort to find a common position in the ongoing dispute over Belarusian nuclear energy imports, according to Latvian Present Egils Levits. Lithuania is calling on the Baltic states to join its boycott of Belarusian electricity imports once the nuclear plant becomes operational later this year. However, Riga has so far refused to join the ban, saying trade with…

Chinese companies help Belarus to sell Astravyets power

Thursday, December 12, 2019

China’s state energy company Power China and its subsidiary North China Power Engineering (NCPE) are helping Belarus sell electricity from the Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction close to the Lithuanian border, the lrt.lt news website reports. The LRT investigation division reports that NCPE is implementing the so-called Belarusian nuclear energy transmission and interconnection project, which includes 23 projects in total. Belarus has also received a loan from the Export–Import…

Lithuanian president critisized safety at Astravyets NPP

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda, currently in Helsinki, has invited Finland to join efforts to ensure the safety of the nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus. According to the president, Finland has specialists who could help the Belarusians to make the facility safe. “My idea is to use your expertise in this field, expertise of Finland, because you are very good specialists, you have a broad range of specialists who…

Lithuanian PM leaves for Riga to mark Baltic Way, discuss Astravets NPP situation

Monday, August 26, 2019

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis left to Riga on Friday to meet with the Latvian and Estonian counterparts and mark the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way, as well as to discuss the situation around the Astravyets nuclear power plant. While in Riga, Skvernelis is scheduled to met with Speaker of the Latvian Saeima Inara Murniece and lay flowers at the Freedom Monument. At noon, the Baltic prime ministers will…

Lithuania’s position on Astravyets NPP has not changed

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Lithuanian government’s position on the Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus has not changed, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told lawmakers on Thursday after being summoned by the opposition to answer question on Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis’ recent proposal to Belarus to convert almost-complete Astravyets plant into a gas-fueled facility. “I do not assess the prime minister’s actions as it’s not my competence. Lithuania’s position on the nuclear…