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Japanese government to help finance Lithuanian nuclear plant

Andrius Kubilius „Hitachi Works“ gamykloje
lrv.lt nuotr. / Andrius Kubilius in „Hitachi Works“
Šaltinis: BNS

Japanese institutions agree to contribute to the financing of Lithuania’s new nuclear power plant project, which should involve Japan’s Hitachi, Lithuania’s Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius has said.

Financial support will be arranged by the governmental financial institution, the Export-Import Bank of Japan (JEXIM), which provides support for Japanese investors abroad, Kubilius said after closing his visit to Japan.

“We met with the executives of the Export-Import Bank of Japan, which supports Japan’s exporters. It would be the main bank arranging various possibilities for project funding on Japan’s side,” Kubilius said in an interview to BNS while on his way from Japan.

“We discussed that with prime minister, the economy minister, who confirmed their strong support for the project of Visaginas Nuclear Power Plant (VAE),” Kubilius said by phone from Frankfurt.

The VAE concession agreement should be drafted next month and submitted to the parliament for approval during the spring session, he said adding that the authorities intended to hold intensive talks with regional partners – the energy companies and governments of Latvia and Estonia – in the nearest time.

Kubilius would not specify the stakes in the VAE, saying that this was for the negotiators to discuss.

“We hope the final agreement on the concession contract to be reached in March. We plan to hold intensive discussions with the regional partners – both at the level of companies and the government leaders – in the nearest future,” Kubilius said.

Lithuania expects to build the new nuclear facility by 2020. The authorities claim that the cost price of electricity that would be generated at the VAE would be lower than the anticipated price of electricity on the market, which would ensure the security of supply at competitive prices and would enhance national energy independence.

Lithuania currently imports more than half of its energy, mostly from Russia, which is also the country’s sole supplier of natural gas.

Japan’s Hitachi decided to take part in a tender for a strategic investor in the VAE shortly after the nuclear accident at Fukushima.

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