Russia Concerned With Lithuania Plans for Nuclear Power Plant Construction

It has not been once that Russia appealed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania raising the issues of safety and overall operation of the second Lithuanian nuclear power plant, the program director of the state corporation Rosatom Sergei Boyarkin said in the course of the round table discussion “The prospects of the nuclear power industry in Europe after the Japanese nuclear disaster: the Baltic region” in Vilnius (Lithuania).

The participants of the discussion are the representatives of the state corporation Rosatom, the deputies of the Lithuanian parliament, power engineers and nuclear power engineers, scientists, environmentalists (both the supporters and opponents of nuclear power development in the Baltic region).

Boyarkin said that the reactor which is planned to be built in Lithuania is “the boiling water reactor: this is exactly the type of reactor that Chernobyl had and it is this reactor type that they had in Fukushima”. “Such reactors used to be built only in Japan before the Fukushima disaster, but nowhere else in the world.

They are cheap but at the same time the most dangerous ones. This is why we cannot but be concerned with the construction of a nuclear power plant with such a reactor type not far from our borders and quite close to the geographical center of Europe. Not once have we inquired the Lithuanian party on the technical specifications of this construction and the operation of this type of reactor. We have received no answers so far”, Sergei Boyarkin noted.

It is worth reminding that there is one nuclear power construction in progress in the region already — the Baltic nuclear power plant in being built in the Kaliningrad region (the NNP-2206 with WWER-1200 reactor), the Belorussian-Russian agreement on the NPP construction in Belarus has been recently signed and Lithuania has declared its plans to build the second nuclear power plant in the country in cooperation with the consortium Hitachi – General Electric. Poland also intends to build two nuclear power plants on its territory.

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