The Lithuanian government will soon prepare a plan for a complete blockade of electricity from the Belarusian nuclear power plant (BelNPP). This was stated today, January 11, by the Minister of Energy of the country Dainius Kreivis.
According to him, neighboring Latvia is still trading with Belarusian electricity, which is also supplied to Lithuania.
“I think that this plan, especially for the Belarusian nuclear power plant, will be born at the end of January – in early February, we’ll have a whole plan, agreed between the agencies, and we will be able to act upon it,” said the Lithuanian minister.
He also noted that the “anti-island” law, adopted in Lithuania, is not implemented.
“The State Energy Regulatory Service – the regulator – stated quite clearly that the electricity, which comes to Lithuania today, is purchased from Belarus and is bought on the Riga exchange, violates the law… The fact is that Latvians are trading with Belarusian electricity,” Kreivis said.
Recall that Belarus is completing the construction of NPP near the town of Astravets in Hrodna Voblast. It’s going to consist of two power units of 1200 MW each. The physical launch of the first unit took place on August 20, while its commercial operation is scheduled for the first quarter of 2021. The second unit is planned to be commissioned in 2022. Since January 1, Lithuania holds the chairmanship of the Baltic Council of Ministers. In this regard, Vilnius, which opposes the construction of the BelNPP, hopes that the boycott of the plant will be one of the central issues on the agenda.