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Prime Minister pledges to clear out Lithuania's energy strategy by March

Algirdas Butkevičius
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Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius, who has so far been conspicuously ambivalent about his government's intentions towards a planned nuclear power plant, says that the direction of Lithuania's future energy policy should be clear by March.

"I believe to have full clarity in March on what road Lithuania will take," the prime minister told reporters on Monday.

In his words, a task force will work for the coming three months to revise the energy strategy.

Butkevičius refused to answer a question from BNS whether his government would continue the negotiations with the Japanese company Hitachi, which has been chosen for construction of Visaginas Nuclear Power Plant.

"We'll have to be patient," he said in comment of the perspective of the negotiations and possible meetings with Hitachi.

Under the project of the earlier center-right government, construction of the 1,350 mega-Watt nuclear plant would have involved Japan's Hitachi corporation and energy companies of the three Baltic states. The plan was to build the power station by 2020-2022.

During the non-binding referendum held in conjunction with the parliamentary elections on 14 October, 34.09 percent of votes came in support of construction of a new nuclear plant, while 62.68 percent of voters were against. The voter turnout was 52.58 percent.

Butkevičius said the Visaginas NPP project "was worked out without a dialogue with the society."

"It was prepared in a hasty manner, we saw no agreement with Latvia, Estonia, independent economists had split opinions on the costs of electricity production, sale price and we, as politicians, could not take the responsibility and support the project," the prime minister said.

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