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Belarusian nuclear power plant's economy unaffected by Lithuania's refusal to import electricity

Economy 12.10.2017 | 17:40
Construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant in progress
Construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant in progress

OSTROVETS, 12 October (BelTA) – Economic parameters of the Belarusian nuclear power plant's operation are not affected by Lithuania's refusal to import the electricity the Belarusian nuclear power plant will generate, BelTA learned from Vasily Polyukhovich, Director of the Nuclear Energy Department of the Belarusian Energy Ministry, on 12 October.

When asked by Lithuanian reporters how Lithuania's unwillingness to buy electricity will affect the Belarusian nuclear power plant's performance, the official said: “Economic parameters are totally unaffected. We are building a nuclear power plant for the sake of domestic consumption.”

By 2020 the output of Belarusian power plants is supposed to reach 40 billion kWh, with the nuclear power plant turning out about 18 billion kWh.

“As far as Lithuanian restrictions are concerned, we consider these matters from the point of view of market relations. Every country has the right to decide what and where it wants to buy. We will act bearing in mind economic advisability and Lithuania's stance. If the country deems it necessary to buy some electricity, we will sell it. If it doesn't, no big deal,” concluded Vasily Polyukhovich.

The Belarusian nuclear power plant is built using the Russian standard Generation III+ design AES-2006 near Ostrovets, Grodno Oblast. The first power-generating unit is scheduled for commissioning in 2019, with the second one to go online in 2020.

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