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Hitachi plans building power plant in Lithuania, but produce its components in Poland

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Šaltinis: BNS

Japan's Hitachi, chosen by Lithuania as the strategic investor in its planned Visaginas new nuclear power plant, intends to produce components for the plant in Poland, the business daily Verslo Žinios reported on Thursday.

The Japanese corporation is not even considering making such investment in Lithuania, because it has a subsidiary company in Poland, the daily reports.

"The company is interested in possibilities of investing in the coastal region, where it wants to start manufacturing components for the construction of nuclear power plants. Such an investment would guarantee several thousand jobs," said Ziemowit Iwanski, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy's managing director for Poland and executive for Central and Eastern Europe at GE Energy.

It is not clear if GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy wants to build its own factory in Poland or cooperate with companies that have the required facilities and technologies.

Officials at the Lithuanian ministries for economy and energy say that Lithuanian business promotion organizations and government-appointed negotiators are speaking to Hitachi about additional investors. There have been various proposals, but no concrete agreements so far.

Kęstutis Jauniškis, public relations aide to the energy minister, said that GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy has different companies in Lithuania and Poland, and, therefore, different projects.

The Visaginas plant's strategic investor is Hitachi Ltd together with Hitachi-GE Nuclear Services, that is mainly owned by Hitachi, while US General Electric is the main shareholder of the group's company operating in Poland, he said.

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