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Likely leaders of next government Social Democrats have no unified position on nuclear power plant

Česlovas Juršėnas
Juliaus Kalinsko / 15min nuotr. / Česlovas Juršėnas
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Lithuania's Deputy Parliamentary Speaker Česlovas Juršėnas says that opposition Social Democrats do not have a unified stance on the projected nuclear power plant in Visaginas, saying the party's political group included supporters and skeptics of the project.

Juršėnas has also said a clear decision on the matter was impeded by lack of information from the government. The project involves building a nuclear utility in Visaginas in cooperation with Japan's Hitachi corporation and other Baltic states.

"As far as we've spoken to (Energy) Minister Arvydas Sekmokas and other figures, we haven't received answers, well, maybe we cannot be told everything as the opposition, I even agree to that, but things are not being told to allies. My colleague Algis Čaplikas (of the ruling Liberal and Center Union) has complained about lack of information," Juršėnas said in an interview to Žinių Radijas news radio on Wednesday morning.

In his words, the Social Democrats have not received answers on the construction price of the N-plant, nor calculations of the electricity price or other important data.

The parliamentary vice-speaker said the party's political group was split in relatively equal halves over the N-plant project: "I haven't counted, probably in half or somewhat more in support of the nuclear plant."

During the spring session, the government expects to get a green light from the parliament for the initialed concession deal between the government and Hitachi for further development of the N-plant project. Final investment decisions from Baltic energy companies are not expected until 2015, the projected year of the start of construction.

Government representatives say the Visaginas nuclear utility will generate cheap electricity, thus boosting energy security of Lithuania that is currently dependent upon energy supplies from Russia. Nevertheless, some opposition figures maintain they lack information about the project.

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