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2015.09.08 13:45

Lithuanian party agreement gives support to Visaginas N-plant project

(BNS) Leaders of Lithuania’s political parties represented at the parliament on Saturday stated support to the Visaginas Nuclear Power Plant project and the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal project.

(BNS) Leaders of Lithuania’s political parties represented at the parliament on Saturday stated support to the Visaginas Nuclear Power Plant project and the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal project.

In the agreement on the strategic guidelines for the 2014-2020 foreign, security and defense policies, the leaders agreed to implement the projects “as soon as possible,” saying that dependence upon imported gas and electricity is a threat to Lithuania’s national security.

According to the document, the N-plant project, which has been discussed for years, has to be implemented “in accordance to the terms and conditions of financing and participation improved in cooperation with partners.”

The government has not yet given its final decision on the plans to build a nuclear power plant in Lithuania.

The project was developed with Japan’s Hitachi corporation and companies from Latvia and Estonia, however, did not secure support during a non-binding referendum in October of 2012.

Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius told journalists on Saturday that the project is being harmonized by Baltic officials. In his words, the last steps were the responses sent by Lithuania to partners about a thorough questionnaire and handover of a study about synchronization with Western networks to the Hitachi company.

“We are working with the project very actively,” the prime minister said after the signing on Saturday.

The LNG terminal has strong political support in Lithuania. It should be completed by the end of this year, thus putting an end to the monopoly of the Russian gas giant Gazprom. The agreement emphasizes that the master pipeline should be controlled by the state before the launching of the gas terminal.

The document also supports Lithuania’s plans to join the euro zone in 2015.

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