Baltic states agree on nuclear accord

2 March 2006

The prime ministers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have paved the way for a new nuclear power plant in Lithuania.

Prime ministers Algirdas Brazauskas, Aigars Kalvitis and Andrus Ansip met to define the position of their nations regarding power engineering and the coordination of national power strategies. In Soviet times, their power was provided by the massive Ignalina plant in Lithuania which comprised two 1500MWe RBMKs. One unit was permanently shut down as part of Lithuania’s accession to the European Union.

The three leaders agreed to work out a common energy strategy in 2006 and support an initiative to construct a new nuclear plant in Lithuania. The agreement invited energy companies from the three countries, Lietuvos Energija, Latvenergo and Eestienergia, to invest in design and construction of the plant.

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