The majority of 74 MPs (out of 130) who took a ballot supported the nuclear facility bill, 15min.lt writes referring to the Baltic News Service
With the bill and other documents related to the project endorsed by the Seimas, a concession agreement with Hitachi is to be signed soon. Hitachi has been chosen as a strategic investor in Lithuania’s largest-ever energy project at an estimated 16 billion to 18 billion litas (EUR 4.6-5.2 b).
15min.lt reminds that Hitachi would own 20 percent of shares in the new facility and Lithuania would hold 38 percent. Latvia and Estonia would take stakes of 20 percent and 22 percent, respectively.
The government expects the Visaginas N-plant to be operational by 2020-2022.
Lithuania’s Social Democratic Party has announced its decision to leave the opposition three-party coalition in protest of the Labor Party’s support for the Visaginas nuclear power plant project.
“The Social Democratic Party’s political group in the Seimas is forced to state that following the political performance in the Seimas regarding the nuclear power plant project, the agreement on correct cooperation during the election campaign, signed by opposition parties, loses its meaning,” the Social Democratic Party said in a statement on Thursday.
“We regret to say that our and Labor’s positions on the most important issue for Lithuania – the nuclear power plant construction project, which, in our opinion, will push Lithuania into more debt, have split,” Algirdas Butkevičius, chairman of the Social Democratic Party, was quoted as saying in the statement.
15min.lt noted that on 25 May, three opposition parties – the Social Democratic Party, the Labor Party and the Order and Justice Party – signed an agreement on cooperation during the election campaign and forming a coalition after the Seimas elections, to be held on October 14.