Russia is keen in the Lithuanian nuclear power plant project

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Vydas Gedvilas, speaker of the Lithuanian parliament, said last week that he had a meeting with representatives of Russian energy company Rosatom ten days ago to discuss possible involvement of Rosatom in the Visaginas NPP project.

Gedvilas said in an interview to TV3 that representatives of Rosatom had confirmed that they were interested in the project.

According to the Lithuanian official, Russians emphasised the need to discuss the project, but made no specific proposals.

„They will be meeting with the Prime Minister in the near future to discuss all options. They have already been negotiating in Estonia and Latvia and want to participate in the preliminary design stage,” said Gedvilas.

TV3 said on Friday that Vilnius was last week visited by a delegation of Rosatom headed by the company’s deputy CEO Kirill Komarov and Jevgeni Kostin who is advisear of Dujotekana that supplies Gazprom gas to Lithuania.

Lithuanian PM Algirdas Butkevičius meet with representatives of Rosatom in Visaginas on Friday.

Lithuania’s former government planned to involve Japanese company Hitachi in the development of the new nuclear power plant, but Social Democrats that are now on power have said that they will oppose the project until they are convinced of its feasibility.

A representative of the Lithuanian PM said on Friday that representatives of Rosatom invited the Lithuanian PM Algirdas Butkevičius to meet with the general manager of Rosatom, Sergei Kirijenko.

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