The Lithuanian side demands to freeze the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant in Ostrovets to conduct stress tests and expert opinions.
This was stated by Director of the Ministry for the Prevention of Environmental Pollution Department of Environment of Lithuania Vitalius Auglis in Minsk on Wednesday in the second round of the Belarusian-Lithuanian consultations on the construction of the Belarusian NPP.
In turn, the first deputy head of the Belarusian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Oia Malkin reported that Belarus will not suspend construction of nuclear power plants.
Meanwhile, Deputy Energy Minister of Belarus Mikhail Mikhadyuk said that Belarus has signed a contract with a Russian company to conduct stress tests of the Belarusian NPP under construction in Ostrovets. The stress tests will be conducted in December. According to the results of their report will be prepared, which will then be submitted to the European Commission.
Belarusian nuclear power plant is being built on the Russian project "VVER-1200". It will consist of two power 1200 MW each. The first unit is scheduled for the year 2018, the second - on 2020 year. General Contractor for the construction of nuclear power plant is "Atomstroyexport" (the structure of "Rosatom").
Some experts believe that the attempt to prevent the construction of nuclear power plants in Belarus and the Kaliningrad region can be considered as an element of competition for the promising market of electricity. The Lithuanian authorities have repeatedly stated that they intend to achieve a ban on the sale of electricity in the EU with the Belarusian nuclear power plant.
In addition, in Vilnius, announced its intention to explore the possibility of the construction of the current transducer on the border with Belarus to exit the energy ring with the Russian Federation.
At present, the power system of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia are connected with the power systems of Belarus and Russia in the so-called energy ring "BRELL".