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Poland might join Visaginas Nuclear Power Plant project after aproval of concession deal

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Poland may take its final decision on whether to join Estonia and Latvia, and Lithuania in the new nuclear power plant project after the signing of concession agreement, Energy Minister Arvydas Sekmokas has said.

Warsaw suspended its participation in the project of Visaginas Nuclear Power Plant (VAE) last December.

The concession agreement, if approved by the Parliament, is scheduled to be signed by 28 June.

“I think that Poland is monitoring the situation. We have taken a very important step – initialed the concession agreement. I think that final decisions from Poland should be made after the concession agreement is signed. This is my forecast but forecasting is a very unrewarding task,” Sekmokas told reporters after the government’s meeting on Monday.

Participation of other countries in the region in the VAE project was important, the minister pointed out.

Poland’s energy group Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE) announced last December that it was suspending its participation in the VAE project. Tomasz Zadroga, who then worked as PGE president but stepped down later, said that PGE found the conditions they were offered unacceptable and that it had other key projects.

Poland’s Treasury Deputy Minister, Jan Bury, earlier said that PGE might rejoin the Lithuanian nuclear facility project if it was offered better terms.

Poland itself has plans to build a new nuclear power plant estimated to cost about 7.8 billion euros.

Last Friday, the Lithuanian Government and Japan‘s company Hitachi initialed a concession agreement on building a new nuclear power plant in Lithuania. This is the first important step in implementing what is the biggest energy project in Lithuania in the past several decades.

Strategic investors in the Visaginas plant are Hitachi Ltd together with Hitachi–GE Nuclear Services, in which Hitachi holds an 80 percent stake.

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