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Focus on Lithuania PDF Print E-mail

The Lithuanian energy sector is primarily based on nuclear-generated electricity. In 2004, nuclear energy accounted for 72% of total electricity production. Lithuania has a powerful energy industry. It also has a low energy consumption level. So, it exports most of its electricity production to neighbouring countries like Latvia, Estonia and Russia. However, Lithuania has only one NPP, at Ignalina. The EU requires Lithuania to shut the Ignalina NPP down completely by 2009 for safety reasons, though the remaining Ignalina reactor is one of the most advanced versions of the Soviet type reactors and has been upgraded. The closure will have negative economic, environmental, political and social consequences for the country. Indeed, Lithuania will become heavily dependent upon Russia for energy imports and its CO2 emissions are bound to increase. The Lithuanian Prime Minister, Algirdas Brazauskas, is considering the building of a new NPP in partnership with the other two Baltic States. On 27 February 2006, the three Baltic States (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia) agreed on the joint construction of a nuclear power plant in Lithuania before 2015.

For further information on the energy situation of Lithuania, please download Lithuania’s country profile.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 June 2006 )
NucNet: Baltic Heads Of Government Call For New ‘Shared’ Nuclear Plant In Lithuania PDF Print E-mail

Image 28 February (NucNet): The prime ministers of three Baltic states are supporting proposals by their respective national energy utilities to invest in the construction of a new nuclear power plant in Lithuania.

BBC: Baltic States Agree Nuclear Plant PDF Print E-mail

On 27 February 2006, the three Baltic States (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia) agreed on the joint construction of a nuclear power plant in Lithuania before 2015. A BBC article reports on this event.
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Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 March 2006 )
Focus on Poland and Its Project of Nuclear New Build PDF Print E-mail

The Polish power sector is the largest in Central Europe and Poland is the biggest energy consumer in the region. Coal-fired power plants meet most of Poland’s annual energy demand. Poland has no nuclear power plants and only one research reactor. In recent years, Poland has experienced significant economic growth and electricity consumption is expected to rise by 80%-93% by 2025. Poland relies mostly on coal to meet its energy needs, but yet many coal-fired power plants have been operated for over 30 years and need to be modernized or decommissioned. They are also very polluting. Poland has ratified the Kyoto protocol and must comply with its EU National Allocation Plan commitments. Therefore, a major shift in the Polish energy policy has occurred recently. In January 2005, Poland’s council of Ministers approved a policy document entitled Energy Policy up to 2025, which mentioned for the first time in 15 years the possibility of building a nuclear power plant in Poland, by 2021. Generally speaking, nuclear energy is supported by 42% of Poles. 38% are against it and 20% don't have an opinion.

For further information concerning the energy situation in Poland, please download Country Profile  

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 May 2006 )
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