Posts tagged as Astravyets

Belarus to lose ‘hundreds of millions’

Thursday, August 27, 2020

The Baltic states’ joint boycott of electricity produced at the Astravyets nuclear plant will cost Belarus “hundreds of millions of euros” in lost revenue annually, Lithuanian Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas told LRT on Wednesday. With the Baltic states, Poland, and Ukraine saying they will boycott imports of electricity produced at the plant, the project will no longer be viable, according to Tomas Švedas, Lithuania’s former energy vice minister. “The new…

Latvia will not buy Belarusian nuke plant electricity

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

On Tuesday, the government decided that Latvia would not buy Belarusian electricity if and when the controversial Astravyets nuclear power plant becomes operational, 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 the regime of Alexander Lukashenko, security concerns have intensified. In response to the question whether it will be…

Lithuania sends note to Minsk, condemning Astravyets nuclear plant works

Friday, August 7, 2020

Lithuania has strongly condemned the start of Astravyets nuclear power plant launch, with the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs handing a diplomatic note to Minsk on Friday. The document strongly condemns Belarus’ actions, the ministry said, adding that Belarus’ actions have violated the principles of openness, transparency and good neighbourhood. The document also states that the nuclear facility’s closeness to the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, unresolved nuclear safety problems and the…

Belarus informs Lithuania about fuel delivery to Astravyets nuclear plant

Friday, August 7, 2020

Lithuania was on Thursday officially notified about the delivery of nuclear fuel to the Astravyets nuclear power plant in Belarus, Lithuania’s State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate (VATESI) reported. “On August 6, VATESI was notified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that the delivery of non-used nuclear fuel assemblies to the Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant’s 1st energy block has been started and they plan to start loading them into the…

LRT English Newsletter: We are getting worse at math

Friday, August 7, 2020

It has clearly been a challenging year for school students, but it came as a shock that  almost a third of Lithuanian graduates who took the national math exam failed it  . Rather than a result of interrupted teaching due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is an outcome of Lithuanian students getting worse at math and science, education official Rūta Krasauskienė says, and deep-rooted problems in the education system. The…

Lithuania to spend €135m to prepare for accidents at Belarus NPP

Friday, July 17, 2020

Lithuania is to spend 135 million euros on preparing for the launch of the Belarusian nuclear plant in Astravyets, the country’s State Defence Council decided on Thursday. Lithuania must be prepared for potential threats, and although there are preparedness plans in place, they must be implemented in practice, President Gitanas Nausėda’s chief national security adviser told reporters after the meeting. “Lithuania holds the consistent position that the Astravyets nuclear power…

It’s a bit too late to rattle saber over Astravyets

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

I’s a bit too late, albeit impressive, to rattle saber over the Astravyets nuclear power plant, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius says cited LETA/BNS. He also said the issue is not easy in an attempt to secure support of the international community. Linkevicius also downplayed the difference of opinion on Astravyets with Energy Minister Zygimantas Vaiciunas. “We’ve had a lot of communication with other states but since interests vary and…

Lithuanian MPs protest outside Latvian embassy, calling to join Belarusian electricity embargo

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Several Lithuanian MPs protested outside the Latvian embassy in Vilnius on Tuesday, urging the country to back a joint Baltic boycott of Belarusian nuclear electricity. Lithuania has long called for a joint boycott of Belarusian electricity imports once the Astravyets nuclear plant becomes operational later this year. Lithuanian officials say the plant some 50 kilometres from Vilnius is unsafe and is a tool for the Kremlin to apply pressure on…

Causing panic over Belarusian nuclear plant could hurt Lithuanian economy – FM Linkevičius

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Raising panic over the Astravyets nuclear plant might undermine foreign investments in Lithuania, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said on Friday. Lithuania failed to stop the construction of the Astravyers facility and now needs to put every effort to ensure the power plant’s safety before its launch, he said. “All of that work needs to be done consistently, professionally and in a targeted manner, without escalating tensions, rocking the boat and…

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…