Posts tagged as Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant

Latvian Prime Minister: Latvia will not buy Belarusian electricity

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

On Tuesday, the government decided that Latvia would stop buying Belarusian electricity if they started the Astravyets nuclear power plant,  Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) said August 25. Kariņš said discussions on the security of the Astravyets plant had been ongoing in the government for a long time. With the protests in Belarus against President Alexander Lukashenko, security concerns have intensified. In response to the question whether it will be physically…

Lithuania seeks to restrict electricity imports from the Astravyets nuclear power plant

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

As Lithuania seeks to restrict electricity imports from he Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus, the Kaunas University of Technology will carry out a study for 54,450 euros, including VAT, on technological ways to do so. Lithuania’s power transmission system operator Litgrid and the university signed the six-month contract on Dec 30, based on information from the central public procurement website. “The aim of this study is to analyze all…

Lithuania expects Belarus to delay N-plant launch

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Belarus should delay the launch of its Astravyets nuclear power plant until all stress test recommendations have been fulfilled, an advisor to Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said on Tuesday. “We are watching the public sphere and can see that decisions to bring in fuel, load and launch the power plant keep being put off,” Jaroslav Neverovic told the Ziniu Radijas radio station. “We believe that these decisions should be postponed…

Lithuanian government purchasing 4m iodine pills in preparation for Belarus NPP launch

Friday, August 16, 2019

The Lithuanian government has found a supplier to deliver large amounts of iodine pills as part of preparations for the launch of a nuclear power plant in Belarus. The cabinet is now looking for about €900,000 to pay for the purchase. The Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant, located near the Lithuanian border and only 50 kilometres from the country’s capital and most populous city, has drew fierce criticism from the Lithuanian…

Merkel and Nausėda exchange promises of support on security and sharing refugees

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

After the first meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Lithuania’s new President Gitanas Nausėda, both leaders spoke about close and friendly relations between the two countries, skirting around points of potential disagreement. Nausėda, who addressed reporters at the joint media conference in German, said that the country where he spent two years while studying in the early 1990s was his “second fatherland” and that his meeting with Merkel was…

Lithuania’s blocking Minsk-EU agreement, Belarus complaints in Brussels

Monday, May 20, 2019

Belarusian representatives complained in Brussels last week that Lithuania is blocking the European Union and Minsk’s agreement on partnership priorities. Vilnius says such an agreement is impossible until Belarus, building the Astravyets nuclear power plant, changes its attitude to nuclear safety. Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makey went to Brussels on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the EU Eastern Partnership project and said Lithuania is stalling the talks on…

Lithuanian president calls PM’s Astravyets letter

Monday, March 18, 2019

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite on Sunday called Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis’ recent letter to Belarus, suggesting converting the nearly-complete Astravyets nuclear power plant, under construction near the Lithuanian border, “anticonstitutional” as the country’s main law states that the president deals with key foreign policy issues. “The Constitution says that decisions are made by the president only, and foreign policy is conducted together with the government. Since that issue had not…

Lithuanian government okays evacuation plan in case of accident at Belarus’ N-plant

Friday, November 2, 2018

The Lithuanian government approved on Wednesday a plan for the evacuation of people in the event of an accident at the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant under construction in neighboring Belarus some 50 kilometers from Vilnius. The plan calls for evacuating 6,000 Lithuanian residents living within 30 kilometers from Astravyets in case of a major accident at the facility. This is the so-called “active protection zone” covering areas in the districts…