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Hitachi: Horizon’s acquisition will not affect Lithuania’s nuclear facility project

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An agreement by Germany’s energy companies RWE and E.ON to sell their joint nuclear venture in the UK, Horizon Nuclear Power, to Japan's Hitachi will not affect the nuclear facility project that the Japanese are implementing in Lithuania, says Terry Kubo, the head of communications at Hitachi.

"We have sincerely promoted Visaginas (Nuclear Power Plant in Lithuania) project for these two years closely working with our important stakeholders here in the Baltic region and nothing would be changed with Horizon", Kubo told BNS on Tuesday.

Hitachi reported that the deal with RWE and E.ON should be finalized at the end of November and later the company would launch the construction of new nuclear facilities in the UK. The agency Bloomberg last week reported informed sources as saying that the deal might be worth up to 600 million pounds.

Nearly two-thirds, or 62.68 percent, of Lithuania’s voters who cast their votes in 14 October non-binding referendum said ‘no’ to the construction of a new nuclear facility. Latvia’s and Estonia’s representatives and many foreign observers later said that the referendum results dampened the outlook for the nuclear project. Hitachi, meanwhile, said that it would wait for the new government to state its stance on this issue.

The incumbent conservative-liberal coalition government planned to build the new nuclear facility in Visaginas by around 2020. A draft of the facility’s concession agreement was approved in May and the agreement was planned to be signed by the end of this year.

Hitachi has proposed to build a 1,350-megawatt advanced boiling water reactor.

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