Posts tagged as nuclear power plant

Belarus’ new nuclear power plant complicates Baltic energy alignment

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Belarus recently put its controversial new Astravyets nuclear power plant into operation, though problems were quickly reported. Located just 50 kilometers from the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, and 150 km from Latvia’s second-largest city, Daugavpils, its presence has complicated recent progress made by the Baltic states in aligning their energy markets and supply sources. Our colleagues at LRT English in Lithuania have produced this helpful summary, which is reproduced here with permission.…

Belarus nuclear plant resumes generation after 1.5-week outage

Thursday, November 19, 2020

The Astravyets nuclear power plant in Belarus resumed generating electricity in the early hours of Thursday after halting a week and a half ago, Lithuania’s power transmission system operator said. “Litgrid’s System Control Centre recorded, at around 2 a.m. on November 19, data showing electricity being produced at the Astravyets NPP and supplied into the grid,” the operator said. It said the plant was operating at a capacity of around…

‘We did nothing’. Lithuanian president says Belarus’ nuclear plant here to stay

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said the Belarusian nuclear plant is here to stay, and the country should focus on pressing Minsk to implement safety requirements. “We probably can’t afford having illusions that the nuclear power plant will be built elsewhere or even razed to the ground,” he said in an interview published by 15min.lt on Thursday. “This had to be done 11-12 years ago. Unfortunately, we did nothing,” he added.…

Decommissioning of Ignalina nuclear power plant reaches new milestone

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Ignalina decommissioning reaches new milestone. Final cask for spent fuel delivered. Full capacity reached to safely manage and store all spent nuclear fuel. The decommissioning of the Ignalina nuclear power plant (INPP) in Lithuania has reached a new milestone with the delivery of the final storage cask for spent nuclear fuel, one year ahead of schedule. These containers are used for the safe and secure storage of spent nuclear fuel…

Establishment of a nuclear power plant in Estonia entails significant risks

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The Estonian Council of Environmental NGOs (EKO) finds that the establishment of a nuclear power plant in Estonia would entail significant risks. According to EKO, establishing a Generation III+ small reactor in Estonia would add to environmental problems, not help resolve them. The operation of a Generation III+ module reactor, which the company Fermi Energia is planning to establish here, would require Estonia to start depositing radioactive waste of life-threatening…

Estonia to build a nuclear power plant

Friday, January 24, 2020

Site selection for Estonia’s first nuclear power plant is underway, the boss of Fermi Energia OÜ told ETV on Friday, but no decision has been made yet. Despite rumors a site has been chosen in Kunda, Fermi Energia OÜ boss Sandor Liive told interviewer Liisu Lass on morning show “Terevisioon” nothing is confirmed. “We have not chosen Kunda, but the Viru-Nigula local government is interested in it,” Liive said. “It could…

Lithuania, France step up cooperation in nuclear power plant decommissioning

Friday, May 3, 2019

Lithuania and France are stepping up cooperation in the decommissioning of nuclear power plants and radioactive waste management, the Lithuanian Energy Ministry said. The ministry and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) signed on Thursday a letter of intent on strategic cooperation, aimed at opening the way for practical cooperation in the field of scientific and technological development in the short and long term. Deputy Energy Minister Lina Sabaitiene says both…

Lithuania’s position on Astravyets NPP has not changed

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Lithuanian government’s position on the Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus has not changed, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told lawmakers on Thursday after being summoned by the opposition to answer question on Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis’ recent proposal to Belarus to convert almost-complete Astravyets plant into a gas-fueled facility. “I do not assess the prime minister’s actions as it’s not my competence. Lithuania’s position on the nuclear…