The Lithuanian Seimas (parliament) has recently decided to implement a host of new energy projects including the construction of a new nuclear power plant (NPP), delfi.lt reports. According to the Speaker of the Seimas, Irena Degutiene, the president will play a key role to insure that these projects go forward, Delphi.lt reports. The Speaker claims, “(Energy projects) are longer-term plans of the Seimas and the government.”
The recent decisions by the Seimas to build the nuclear power plant (Visaginas), Lithuanian power network integration, the construction of a liquefied natural gas terminal (LNG) in Klaipeda, and other approved energy projects will be implemented over a long period of time. This could span the course of several elected administrations. Degutiene told News Radio in an interview Wednesday, “I believe that the president will play a major role in insuring that the projects are implemented responsibly and with transparency.”
She added further, “The process is far from complete. We are only in the beginning. In the early stages of such projects, proper implementation is crucial. The goal is nothing less than energy independence.”
By implementing all of these strategic energy projects, Lithuania seeks to insure their country’s energy independence and integration into the EU’s main energy market. The government hopes the nuclear power plant will come online 2020-2022, by then Lithuania’s electricity network will be synced up with the main European energy grid. Construction of the LNG terminal in Klaipeda should happen much sooner though, sometime at the end of 2014.