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DPM says Western countries interested in energy from Belarusian NPP
Western countries are interested in the resources from the Belarusian nuclear power plant, Belarus' Deputy Prime Minister Uladzimir Syamashka told the state TV channel Belarus 1. However, he could not disclose the potential customers due to confidentiality obligations, he said. According to Syamashka, talks with "Western partners" are underway. Apparently, Lithuania is not part of these negotiations, because it stated on numerous occasions that it had no plans to buy energy from the nuclear power plant in Astraviec. The Lithuanians are not happy that the nuclear power plant is being built next to the Lithuanian border and close to the capital city of Vilnius.
"When the nuclear power plant is commissioned, our estimate is that the cost of energy will be lower than, for example, in the Russian Federation. Looking at the post-Soviet space, the Eurasian Union, CIS, we have the most efficient electric energy production and the lowest fuel consumption. We expect that after the launch of the station, the flow of energy from West to East will even increase," Syamashka said.
The first block of the Belarusian nuclear power plant is scheduled to be fully operational by the end of 2019.